A new publication from WP4 is just out!

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.