The Stand Against Climate Change

TitleThe Stand Against Climate Change
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsD’Amato, Anthony
MagazineInternational Innovation
KeywordsClimate Resilience, drought, Evidence-Based Conservation, forest management, Temperate Forest, University of Minnesota, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Increases in temperature and decreases in precipitation resulting from climate change will inevitably place the world’s forests under mounting stress from extended periods of drought. As the Earth’s primary aboveground carbon sinks, forests are key to the survival of the world as we know it, so drought-induced forest destruction is a global issue. Forest managers are consequently under pressure to adopt approaches that might, at best, restore forests to their historical levels of ecological functionality and productivity, or, at the very least, maintain current functions and services. Generally, courses of action proposed to achieve either goal centre on one of two main strategies: mitigation of climate change effects by increasingly the capacity of the forests to sequester carbon; or employing adaptation strategies to increase the resilience and resistance of forests to drought and other stresses.