Author: Isaac

International Forestry, Science

Becoming a real Forestry and Environmental Engineer (Part 1)

In this post, I would like to present my Master thesis, something different that we talk about in this blog. I worked for one year in a hydrological restoration project. Besides, it will be presented at the International Symposium on Soil and Water Bioengineering in a Changing Climate which will be in GLASGOW,  on 7-8 SEPTEMBER. This Symposium will be a meeting inside the Life+ Project ECOMED.

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JOB ALERT: Senior Researcher at the EFI Bonn Office, Germany

Senior Researcher on Social Science Analysis of Natural Resource Management at the EFI Bonn Office, Germany The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation with 27 member countries and around 120 associate member organisations.  EFI undertakes forest research and policy support at a pan-European and global level, with its headquarters located in Joensuu, Finland. EFI’s other main offices are in Barcelona, Bonn, Bordeaux and Brussels. The Institute has app. 100 staff members and has an annual turnover of app. 14 million Euros. Further informationContinue reading

Science

Modeling fire size of wildfires

The extent of fires, their periodicity and their impact on terrestrial communities is always a concern. Wildfires play an important role in shaping landscapes and as a source of CO2 and particulate matter. Modeling the spatial variability of wildfire extent is an important subject in order to understand and to predict future trends on their effect in landscape changes.

Science

Spraying forests does not get anything

Insect pests are a major threat to many forests worldwide, from boreal to tropical forest ecosystems. Some pests exhibit periodical outbreaks, after which their populations often crash as a result of natural biological control. In this study, authors assessed the performance of aerial spraying of insecticides on pine woodland stands to control pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (PPM) outbreaks in southern Spain.

Science

Protected areas in the world’s ecoregions: How well connected are they?

Protected areas (PAs) are the main instrument for biodiversity conservation, which has triggered the development of numerous indicators and assessments on their coverage, performance and efficiency. The connectivity of the PA networks at a global scale has however been much less explored; previous studies have either focused on particular regions of the world or have only considered some types of PAs.

International Forestry

Almond shell vs. Wood pellet

Since many years, there were tries to value a subproduct of almond industry, which constitutes 75% of total almond biomass volume. Crashed and filtered almond shells, that we talk in this post about, surprisingly have similar characteristics to wood pellets. However, the biggest advantage of this energy carrier is undoubtedly its price, which is much more attractive, than its derived from wood competitor. 

News

Low prices for wood

The European Sawlog Price Index reached its lowest level in six years in the 3Q/16 because of lower lumber demand and reduced prices in both domestic and export markets, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly Declining demand and prices for softwood lumber, together with reduced log trade have resulted in lower sawlog prices in Europe over the past two years with the ESPI sawlog prices index reaching its lowest point since 2010, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.