Webinar: Forests in changing climate

Finnish forest

Details

Friday 22 March 2024

9.00 am – 12:30 pm (EET, Helsinki time)

Online: Microsoft Teams

Organisers

Natural Resources Institute Finland
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)

Description

On 22 March this HoliSoils webinar will offer engaging discussions on current research topics relating to forests growth, greenhouse gas exchange, ecosystem services and climate change by researchers from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, FFPRI (Japan) and Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke (Finland).

The webinar will include insightful segments on:

  • Luke and the HoliSoils project (Aleksi Lehtonen)
  • Topographically high-resolution mapping of catchment-scale soil carbon dioxide and methane fluxes using machine learning analysis with the DEM-derived covariates (Shoji Hashimoto)
  • Drought response of the boreal forest carbon sink is driven by understorey–tree composition (Martínez García Eduardo)
  • Assessment of climate mitigation pathways for shrinking and aging tree plantations in Japan – Simulated synergies and trade-offs between carbon removal and other forest ecosystem services (Jumpei Toriyama)
  • Environment-induced growth changes in forests of Finland revisited – a follow-up using an extended data set from the 1960s to the 2020s (Harri Mäkinen)
  • Challenges in Distinguishing Between Biotic and Abiotic Soil Enzyme Activities (Taiki Mori)
  • The high climate benefits return of peat preservation policies (Lorenzo Menichetti)

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Webinar on the EU Soil Monitoring Law and Nordic Perspectives

Forest in Hästhult, Sweden.

Join the HoliSoils’ project coordinator Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) for the upcoming “The EU Soil Directive and the Nordics – Challenges, expectations, and the negotiations” webinar.

On 6 February (09.00-11.00 CET), soil scientists and Nordic and European policymakers will discuss the EU Soil Monitoring Law, exploring the Swedish and Finnish perspectives on agricultural soil monitoring and the current status of the EU negotiations.

Find out all the details about the event and register

How can we strengthen the contribution of forests in reaching EU climate goals?

Wood construction

Details

Start: 3:00 PM (CET) 20 September 2022
End: 4:30 PM (CET) 20 September 2022

Organizer

European Forest Institute
Website: https://efi.int/

Venue

Online / Zoom

Description

The European Union has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and to become climate neutral by 2050. The European Forest Institute organised a ThinkForest event to explore what forests can contribute to achieving these climate goals.

Forests and forestry play three important roles in climate change mitigation. First, reducing deforestation and forest degradation lowers GHG emissions. Second, forest management and restoration can maintain or enhance forest carbon stocks and sinks. Third, improving the use of wood products can store carbon over the long-term, and avoid emissions by substituting emissions-intensive materials.

Our ThinkForest event will ask:

  • How much can forest-based activities contribute to climate change mitigation?
  • What role do policies play?
  • How can we maximise forest-based climate change mitigation nationally/locally?

In this occasion, the coordinator of the ForestPaths-project, Hans Verkerk, will present a new study titled “Forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation in Europe”.

PhD defence invitation – Soil organic carbon modelling

PhD candidate Elisa Bruni from the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LSCE) in France is pleased to invite you to her doctoral thesis defence entitled “Soil organic carbon modelling: estimating carbon input changes required to reach policy objectives aimed at increasing soil organic carbon stocks”.

The defence will take place on Monday 28 March 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Amphi 7 of AgroParisTech (Paris-Maine), located at 19 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris. For those who prefer to attend remotely, you can join the videoconference through the following link (Meeting ID: 930 0252 2076 / Password: 954715). The presentation will be held in English.


The thesis jury board is composed of the following experts:

  • Axel DON, Senior Lecturer, Thünen Institute (Germany) – Rapporteur & Examiner
  • Isabelle BASILE, Research Director, INRAE Centre PACA (France) – Rapporteur & Examiner
  • Sébastien Barot, Director of Research, IRD (France) – Examiner
  • Patricia Garnier, Director of Research, INRAE (France) – Examiner
  • Emanuele Lugato, Project manager, Joint Research Centre (Europe) – Examiner
  • Stefano Manzoni, Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University (Sweden) – Examiner
  • Claire Chenu, Director of Research, INRAE (France) – Thesis director
  • Bertrand Guenet, Research Fellow, INRAE (France) – Examiner
  • Denis Angers, Honorary Director of Research, Université de Laval (Canada) – Invited
  • Gaby Deckmyn, Senior Scientist, University of Antwerp (Belgium) – Invited

Thesis abstract

To partially compensate for CO2 emissions, the 4 per 1000 initiative proposed an annual 4‰ soil organic carbon (SOC) stock increase. Yet, the feasibility of such an ambitious target is still under debate. The most efficient way to increase the SOC stocks is to increase the C input to the soil. The objective of this thesis was to estimate the C input required to yearly increase the SOC stocks by 4‰ in European croplands.

To solve this problem, we built an inverse modelling approach and tested it on a SOC model, by estimating the C input required to reach the 4‰ objective at multiple long-term agricultural experiments in Europe. Then, we applied this approach to a multimodel ensemble, to assess the uncertainties of the estimations according to different representations of the SOC dynamics. As a first attempt to provide insights for policymakers on the feasibility of a 4‰ target in Europe, we applied a multi-model ensemble over the whole European cropland area, and we generated maps of the required C input under two scenarios of climate change. To improve the simulation of SOC stocks at the European scale, we tested a new, statistically derived, parametrization technique.

Our study demonstrates that there are substantial uncertainties around the C input required to reach a 4‰ target. However, a general pattern emerges at the European cropland scale, where the 4‰ target seems feasible under future scenarios of climate change, only assuming drastic increases of C input to the soil.

Webinar: Recent developments in modelling water balance and ghg emissions from forested peatlands

Details

Start: 9:00 AM (CET) 4 March 2022
End: 12:00 PM (CET) 4 March 2022

Organizer

Luke Finland
Website: https://www.luke.fi/en/

Venue

Online / Microsoft Teams

Description

In recent years, significant model developments have been made in modelling peatland ecosystems. These developments have been motivated by the importance of these ecosystems to green-house gas emissions and to forestry. Therefore, it is also central to understand how they respond to changing conditions and management.

In this seminar organized by Luke Finland, we will take a look at processes driving peatland ghg emissions and growth, as well as novel modelling approaches to quantify their ghg impacts at larger scales.

Forestry Speed Dating webinar: Digital solutions for soil monitoring

Details

Start: 21 March 2022 – 10:00 am (CET)
End: 21 March 2022 – 11:30 am (CET)

Venue

Online (Zoom)

Description

Forestry Speed Dating puts innovators in contact with potential partners and end-users, to speed up innovation and create new partnerships. Through a series of speed dating workshops, and facilitation of meeting with innovators, you can find inspiration and explore new solutions towards a sustainable forest circular bioeconomy for your area.

Get in touch with the innovators behind digital solutions for soil monitoring and hear about how they can help you in monitoring your forest soil.