Seidl, R. et al. 2018. Harnessing landscape heterogeneity for managing future disturbance risks in forest ecosystems. – Journal of Environmental Management 209: 46–56. link
This paper explores disturbances impacts in a forest landscape in the Northern Front Range of the Alps in Austria and shows that:
- Climate change increases disturbances from wind and bark beetles by +39.5%
- Promoting mixed forests and climate-adapted species reduces disturbance risk.
- The spatial distribution of disturbance risk on the landscape is highly uneven.
- Differences in the contribution to and control of risk can inform risk response.
- Heterogeneity helps to address both positive and negative effects of disturbance.