WP2 – Forest Productivity

The focus in this study is on wood volume production in intensely managed forests. The objectives are to:

  1. Define intensively “managed forests” and provide a baseline or state of the art of fast forest production and growth and the potential for adaptation to climate change and
  2. Develop models for both Sitka spruce and Douglas fir that describe current and predicted resource requirements and potential availability.

We plan to achieve these objectives though the following activities:

Develop definitions required for the project (Lead partner: FCBA). Here we define what we mean by “intensively managed forests” in Europe, we describe the study limits of the project and consideration of indicators important for public perception and provide a baseline or state of the art of fast forest production and growth and the potential for adaptation to climate change. Also, we develop models for both Sitka spruce and Douglas fir that describe current and predicted resource requirements and potential availability.

To describe the current productivity of fast grown forests. The current “state of the art” of Fast Forest production, provenance use and climate change issues. FCBA will lead this task. Modelling of Douglas fir and Sitka spruce volume availability vs. resource quantity requirements. Modelling of Douglas fir and Sitka spruce volume availability vs. resource quantity requirements based on existing forest resource and forecasts using current models & tools e.g. CLIMADAPT, The use of Ecological Site Classification in adapting forests and their management to climate change. There are French models and Baden-Württemberg growth simulator (W+ (Yue et al. ) which is also parametrised for Douglas fir. FCBA to lead this task. To assess the challenges of wood mobilisation in the partner-counties and the scope for meeting future demands. The challenges of wood mobilisation and the scope for meeting future demands based on the output of other tasks above. Wood mobilisation efforts could be targeted towards forests and stands that, based on their past management, will produce the quality of timber required by the specific, local industry. So an important aspect would be to identify the right stand for the right industry, taking quality and location into account. UCD will lead this task.