Webinar: Forests in changing climate

Finnish forest


Friday 22 March 2024

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

Online: Microsoft Teams


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


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)

Click here to join the webinar!

HoliSoils website shines spotlight on forest soils

The website is a focal point for the project and its results towards an improved, integrated, and harmonised monitoring and modelling framework for forest soils across Europe.

A new website for the Horizon 2020 project, HoliSoils (Holistic management practices, modelling and monitoring for European forest soils), is now online.

An entry point for exploring the project’s activities, resources and results, the website serves as a gateway to the tools, datamodels and maps which are created, collated and updated over the course of this 4.5 year project. HoliSoils incorporates novel methodologies and expert knowledge on analytical techniques, data sharing, soil properties and biodiversity, and model development. It is developing tools for soil monitoring, refining greenhouse gas (GHG) assessment of the land use, land-use change & forestry (LULUCF) sector, enhancing efficiency of GHG mitigation actions, and improving numerical forecasting of soil-based mitigation, adaptation, and ecosystem services.

HoliSoils has a wide spread of test sites to investigate the effects of soil and forest management on soils processes, resilience, and climate change mitigation potential. It will also provide training and capacity building to various stakeholder groups on the results obtained.

The website also provides an insight into the benefits provided by soils for people and the planet. Knowledge gaps on forest soil processes and the lack of harmonised soil monitoring limits our ability to maintain soil-related ecosystem services and achieve climate policy objectives. A better understanding of soil processes will support decision making in meeting climate and sustainability goals.

The project employs a collaborative, multi-actor approach, with a multidisciplinary consortium and diverse stakeholders who are actively engaged in ensuring that HoliSoils results can be effective and appropriate for the people who need and use them. Stay tuned to the HoliSoils website for all project progress on the work together for forest soils.

About HoliSoils

Holistic management practices, modelling and monitoring for European forest soils – HoliSoils – provides an improved, integrated, and harmonised monitoring and modelling framework for forest soils across Europe. The project is funded for 4.5 years through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and is coordinated by Luke, Finland.