Division of Forest and Forest Resources


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Active Last updated: 28.01.2022
End: dec 2024
Start: jan 2022

Understanding the role and interplay of forest microclimates for successfully balancing productivity and biodiversity among Nordic forest landscapes

Start - end date 01.01.2022 - 31.12.2024
Project manager Robert Lewis
Division Division of Forest and Forest Resources
Department Forest Genetics and Biodiversity
Total budget 3,890,000 NOK
Funding source Nordic Forest Research

This project focuses on forest microclimates and forest biodiversity within productive and non-productive forest stands throughout Scandinavia. The aim is to better understand the role forest microclimates play in modulating biotic responses to both macroclimatic warming and land-use.

  • We will explore microclimate heterogeneity along gradients of management intensity.
  • We will explore the efficacy of downscaling methodologies among forest systems.
  • And, we aim to investigate how the contrast between macro and microclimates translates in terms of understory biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (productivity).
  • Ultimately, our motive is to address how biodiversity and productivity can be successfully balanced through considering forest microclimate as a vital ecosystem service in-itself. 

We also aim to improve and simplify the findability and accessibility of forest microclimate data. Scientists are increasingly challenged to address broad-scale priority questions and the questions raised in this application typify those asked at a global scale e.g.

  • How will ecological change manifest?
  • How will it vary throughout space?
  • And what will be the impact to ecosystems, their functions and their services which human societies depend upon?

In this endeavour, scientists increasingly require findable and accessible (FA) broad-scale data, i.e. data necessary for improving our understanding of the distribution and patterns of biological diversity.

In recent years, data repositories and in-turn open data has dramatically increased . It ought to have revolutionised the way science is conducted, but findability and accessibility remain a major hurdle. To improve the findability and accessibility of forest microclimate data we will explore the utility of a decentralized forest microclimate network for automated storage and management and the benefits of transparent and immutable data flows.