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Adaptation of forest ecosystems to air pollution and climate change: a global assessment on research priorities

Y Serengil (1)   , A Augustaitis (2), A Bytnerowicz (3), N Grulke (3), AR Kozovitz (4), R Matyssek (5), G Müller-Starck (5), M Schaub (6), G Wieser (7), A Aydin Coskun (8), E Paoletti (9)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 44-48 (2011)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0566-004
Published: Apr 05, 2011 - Copyright © 2011 SISEF


Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO RG 7.01 2010 - Antalya (Turkey)
Adaptation of Forest Ecosystems to Air Pollution and Climate Change
Guest Editors: Elena Paoletti, Yusuf Serengil

Climate change and air pollution are two of the anthropogenic stressors that require international collaboration. Influence mechanisms and combating strategies towards them have similarities to some extent. Impacts of air pollution and climate change have long been studied under IUFRO Research Group 7.01 and state of the art findings are presented at biannual meetings. Monitoring, modelling, assessment of multiple stressors, ecophysiology, and nutrient cycles have been thoroughly studied aspects of climate change and air pollution research for a long time under the umbrella of IUFRO RG 7.01. Recently, social and economic issues together with water relations are gaining more attention in parallel with science requirements on adaptation. In this paper, we summarise the main research needs emphasized at the recent 24th IUFRO RG 7.01 Conference titled “Adaptation of Forest Ecosystems to Air Pollution and Climate Change”. One important conclusion of the conference was the need for information on nutritional status of forest stands for sustainable forest management. It has been suggested to maintain long-term monitoring programs and to account for the effects of extreme years, and past and present management practices. Long-term monitoring can also help to understand the effects of forestry treatments on the nutrient and water budgets of the ecosystems which may enable to improve management practices like water saving silviculture.


IUFRO, Forest research, Forest monitoring, Water budget

Authors’ address

Y Serengil
Department of Watershed Management, Istanbul University, Istanbul (Turkey)
A Augustaitis
Lituanian University of Agriculture, LT-53362 Kaunas dstr. (Lithuania)
A Bytnerowicz
N Grulke
USDA Forest Service, Riverside, CA (USA)
AR Kozovitz
Federal University of Ouro Preto, Debio, Brasil
R Matyssek
G Müller-Starck
Technische Universitat Munchen, Freising (Germany)
M Schaub
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf (Switzerland)
G Wieser
Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape BFW, Innsbruck (Austria)
A Aydin Coskun
Department of Environment and Forest Law, Istanbul University, Istanbul (Turkey)
E Paoletti
Institute of Plant Protection, National Council of Research, v. Madonna del Piano 10, I - 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI - Italy)

Corresponding author

Y Serengil


Serengil Y, Augustaitis A, Bytnerowicz A, Grulke N, Kozovitz AR, Matyssek R, Müller-Starck G, Schaub M, Wieser G, Aydin Coskun A, Paoletti E (2011). Adaptation of forest ecosystems to air pollution and climate change: a global assessment on research priorities. iForest 4: 44-48. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0566-004

Paper history

Received: Feb 21, 2011
Accepted: Mar 16, 2011

First online: Apr 05, 2011
Publication Date: Apr 05, 2011
Publication Time: 0.67 months

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