Canadian Forest Service Publications

Managing forest landscapes under global change scenarios. 2011. Li, C.; Liu, J.; Lafortezza, R; Chen, J. Pages 3-21 in C. Li, R. Lafortezza, and J. Chen, editors. Landscape ecology in forest management and conservation: challenges and solutions for global change. Springer, Higher Education Press, Beijing, China.

Year: 2011

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 32531

Language: English

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Abstract

The increasing footprint from human activities on unmanaged forest landscapes has altered ecosystem processes under natural conditions and the climate change impact will add one more layer on top of the human-natural coupled forest ecosystem dynamics. How climate change could impact forest landscape dynamics has become one of the emerging challenges humans face today. This is also an opportunity to find out how landscape ecology research could contribute to addressing these issues. This chapter begins with the concepts, scope, and trends in forest management, followed by the linkages and interactions between different components of forest management. The level of resource utilization is probably a major variable that humans can regulate in achieving the goal of balanced decision-making to satisfy the needs from social, environmental, and economical concerns. The key factors in determining the level of resource utilization include forest growth and yield prediction, and uncertainties associated with natural disturbance regimes. With a good understanding of the above factors over space and time, the models in landscape ecology can contribute significantly to the climate change impact assessment and mitigation strategy development because climate change will influence both natural disturbance regimes and the growth rate of trees.