Title of the symposium:

Modeling the structure and functioning of forest landscapes under changing climate and disturbance regimes



Detail of organizer(s):




Name: Giorgio
Surname: Vacchiano
Organisation/Affiliation: Università di Milano
Telephone: +39 329 6497188
Country: Italy
Address: via Celoria 2, Milano








Name: Heike
Surname: Lischke
Organisation/Affiliation: Swiss Federal Institute WSL
Country: Switzerland





Name: Paola
Surname: Mairota
Organisation/Affiliation: Università di Bari
Country: Italy





Name: Rupert
Surname: Seidl
Organisation/Affiliation: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
Country: Austria




Symposium abstract

Forest ecosystems and their products and services play an important role to achieve ambitious climate change mitigation, but also have to adapt to climate change. The increasing demand for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as the contribution of forests to a bio-based economy, sustainable development and biodiversity targets will lead to massive changes in forest management and forest resource use. Process-based forest models can assess the future provisioning of forest products and ecosystem services by simulating different management options allowing to assess the production of wood products, biomass, and regulatory services while forecasting changes in forest resilience under climate change. However, feedbacks between climate, natural disturbance regimes, and forest ecosystem management are still largely unexplored by models. This symposium intends to demonstrate how to integrate pressures by climate and disturbance regime changes into management-sensitive forest landscape models, focusing on multiple drivers of forest resilience and the individualistic, population, or landscape structural responses to management-induced ecosystem modification.



How your symposia will improve landscape ecology science?

The implementation of feedbacks between climate change, disturbance regime changes and silvicultural management will be a significant step forward for forest landscape modeling science, strongly improving the capacity of forest models to address key research questions related to managing resilient forest to contribute to a sustainable bioeconomy, and improving the usefulness of model results for forest planning and climate and forest policy. The ensuing research insights are highly relevant to better quantify the role of global forests in the 21st century and beyond, and will allow to develop and support forest management scenarios that are consistent with the need to provide climate mitigation and adaptation options for the local and global bioeconomies.



Broad thematic areas


Broad thematic areas 1st choice: Landscape modelling


Broad thematic areas 2nd choice: Specific landscapes (i.e. Mediterranean landscapes, rice landscapes, …)



Free Keywords

forests, landscape modeling, natural disturbances, forest management, climate change




Outcomes of symposium

Special issue in a scientific journal (to be negotiated)