Webinar Series: Tree Vulnerability to Climate Change and Implications for Adaptive Silviculture

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
When: January 15, 2019 at 10am - 11am PST
Who: The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP)
Series overview: Forest vulnerability to climate change is composed of three components: “exposure” refers to the magnitude of environmental change, “sensitivity” defines the degree to which a species is likely to be affected by (or respond to) climate change, and “adaptive capacity” describes the species capacity to cope with the expected changes through acclimation or adaptation. This 2-part webinar series will describe recent advances in the quantification of these three vulnerability components in Canadian forests and will discuss their implication in developing “climate friendly” silvicultural practices.
January 15, 2019
Webinar #1: Integrated Assessment of Canadian Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change
January 22, 2019
Event Description: 
Webinar #1: Integrated Assessment of Canadian Forest Vulnerability to Climate Change
Description: Projected changes in climate conditions vary widely across Canada, and so does the capacity of forest species to cope with these changes. Building upon the work of a multidisciplinary group of experts, we developed species-specific indices of sensitivity to the main climate stressors using a trait based approach. These indices were used to improve exposure-based assessments as well as to identify species requiring management consideration. We developed Canada-wide maps of climate change vulnerabilities that highlight important regional contrasts between vulnerability to drought and to migration failure. These maps were implemented as a web-based tool to provide localized information. By affecting either species’ ability to persist in place or to migrate, different climate change impacts can yield distinct biotic responses, with important implications for regional climate change adaptation strategies.
Isabelle Aubin is a Research Scientist in vegetation ecology with the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as Adjunct Professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais and at Sherbrooke University. The central questions behind her research are the impacts of human-mediated disturbances on forest ecosystems, with a focus on the application of ecological theory to practical problems in forest management.