Future Forests

Future Forests

Adaptation to Climate Change

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Editor: Steven Mcnulty
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323904308

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Future Forests: Adaptation to Climate Change provides background on forests as natural and social systems, the current distribution and dynamics based on major biomes that set the stage for their role of forests in global systems, the nature of climate change organized by biomes, and detailed descriptions of mitigation and adaptation strategies. This book forms presents a foundational summary of the feedback between the effect of climate change on forests and the converse effects of forests on climate, leading to conclusions on how forest management needs to be dictated by climate change.The book will be ideal for readers in the fields of climate change science, forest science and conservation biology, helping them develop a thorough understanding on the broad perspective of climate change on forests, the response of forests to these changes, and other climate-forest interaction potentials.

Key Features

  • Organizes information on climate change and the effect of/on forests at a general level before presenting biome-related specifics
  • Discusses the differences among major biomes (tropical, boreal, temperate) and the systems in which forest management (and hence potential mitigation and adaptation) occurs
  • Goes beyond simply describing problems, elaborating on potential solutions that can be implemented for climate change mitigation


Researchers and practitioners in climate change science, forest science, and conservation biology. Non-governmental environmental organizations, ecologists and biologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Climate Change and Variability Overview
    3. Forests as Natural Systems
    4. Nutrient limitation in global forests: Current status and future trends
    5. Mitigation potential of forests
    6. Forest Hydrology in a Changing Climate
    7. Forest Disturbances
    8. Forest Distribution Relative to Climate and Soils
    9. Temperate Forests
    10. Urban Forest
    11. Tropical Forests
    12. Boreal Forests
    13. Forests and Society
    14. Unknown unknowns

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323904308

About the Editor

Steven Mcnulty

Dr John Stanturf is a visiting Professor, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia, a Senior Researcher and Forest Restoration Specialist for InNovaSilva ApS, Denmark and is a retired Senior Scientist, US Forest Service, USA. His research focuses on forest landscape restoration, disturbance ecology, climate change adaptation, and bioenergy. He earned his MSc and PhD in Forest Soils from Cornell University. Awards include an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Distinguished Science Award from the Chief of the Forest Service, and the Distinguished Service Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). He has conducted research in temperate and tropical forests in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He also worked on REDD+, climate change vulnerability, and related issues in Africa through consultancies with the US Agency for International Development. He continues to consult and conduct training through IUFRO on Forest Landscape Restoration in support of the Bonn Challenge and on sustainable forestry through InNovaSilva Aps, a Danish consulting firm.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Professor, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

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