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REINFFORCE : REsource INFrastructures for monitoring, adapting and protecting European Atlantic FORests under Changing climatE

Description:

The reality of GLOBAL WARMING is universally accepted with optimistic scenarios predicting a change of 4°C in the next 50 years. But the regional consequences of this change are unknown, with more emphasis in the oceanic area, because of the many uncertainties, e.g. Climatic (evolution of regional rainfall, evolution of gulf stream, etc.), economical (evolution of cost of the energy, of renewable solutions, evolution of world trade, etc.) and environmental (evolution of pest an diseases, sea level, etc.). Even if many issues are still totally ignored at the regional level such as the Atlantic area, some specific potential threats for Atlantic forests are clearly identified by modelers: disturbance in trees life cycle, introduction of new pathogens, misadaptation of trees to local conditions, This project gives an opportunity to set up a network unique in the world from 37° to 56° N latitude, to monitor this change and test adaptive measures efficiency. This is a key issue for sustainability of Atlantic forest resources, as we are planting now the trees we will harvest in 50 years, facing new climatic conditions. Thanks to this project tools for monitoring climate change and its impact on the Atlantic coast will be set up and efficiency of adaptive measures demonstrated. It is organised in 5 main activities with several actions: - A preparation phase to review the exiting devices, species and knowledge, and set up protocols for devices establishment and data collection; - A coordination task for administrative and technical evaluation of the work implemented; - A network of arboretums to anticipate the climate change on exiting species by moving them into other climatic conditions (38 arboreta); - A network of demonstration stands to compare silviculture as usual with other adaptive measures (about 32); -An harmonised data collection process and shared online databases to monitor growth, health, and biological life cycles in Atlantic forest.

Project information

Lead
Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée (FR)
Partners

Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée (FR), Centre Régional de la Propriété Forestière (FR), Xunta de Galicia (ES), Forest Research (UK), Gestión Ambiental Viveros y Repoblaciones de Navarra (ES), Centre National Professionnel de la Propriété Forestière (FR), Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (FR), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (PT), NEIKER (ES), Fundacion General de la Universidad de Valladolid (ES), Nekazal Ikerketa eta Teknologia (ES)

Source of funding
Interreg IV B Atlantic Area

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Keywords

Adaptation, aAtlantic forests, data sharing

Duration

2009/2/1-2013/1/31

Climate impacts

Extreme Temperatures

Elements

Observations and Scenarios, Adaptation Plans and Strategies, Vulnerability Assessment

Sectors

Forestry

Geographic characterization

Europe

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