Summer school on the Resilience of Forest to Climate Change

Boreal Forest.

Remote sensing and machine learning-based approaches are key to detect, predict and analyse changes in forests under climate change. The training offered in this summer school will include theory lectures, on climate resilience and remote sensing, practical exercises and a field trip to disturbed areas. Other subject studies are dynamics of boreal forests and forestry in the boreal region.

Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups, learning how to retrieve remote sensing data, detect and analyse forest change, classify data, as well as making predictions of forest damage (i.e. disturbances).

The summer school will be organised at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu Finland, in collaboration with INRAe and the Horizon Europe Eco2adapt project and the support from IUFRO Division 8 on Forest Environment.

The programme will take place from 7 to 18 August 2023.

The main topical contents will be:

  • Forestry in boreal forests, Finland
  • Which forests are prone to disturbances in boreal areas?
  • Planetary Computer and remote sensing data
  • Monitoring disturbances and their management (i.e. mitigation measures)
  • Machine learning theory
  • Change detection analyses

The person in charge for this summer school is Frank Berninger () and the involved experts include Frank Berninger (UEF, Finland), Blas Mola (UEF, Finland), Dino Ienco (Inrae, TETIS, France), Kenji Ose (Inrae, TETIS, France).

Read more information and apply by 15 June!

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.