One of the unseen victims of cocaine and marihuana uses are forests. There is even a term created to name the impact of drugs on forests and it is called “narco-deforestation”. It happens not only in developing countries, but developed as well. In this post, I will present you two cases, where narco-deforestation takes place. Definitely, you will be suprised!
We are back on the million dollar question: how will our forests develop in this uncertain era of climate change? Yes, many study showed that changing climate might have strong impacts on the dynamics of temperate forests, but let’s not forget that management and other factors played (and will play) an important role for European forests. Among the different forest ecosystems in Europe, the mixed silver fir-beech Dinaric forests are one of the most fascinating to me. If you do not know much about them,Continue reading
The Department of Forestry at University of Helsinki invites applications for POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in International Forest Policy. The position is full-time and will last for three years (with 4 months’ probation period). The planned starting date of the position is June 2017. The position forms part of the recently established Chair of International Forest Policy. Personaly, I have spent one semester in studying forestry at the University of Helsinki, and I really recommend this University as it is full of profesionalism, and great studying andContinue reading
Almost every year, two great events for forest economists are organized in the United States of America. First one, the conference of Western Forest Economists will be held at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins (CO), while the second – International Society of Forest Resource Economists (ISFRE), will be hosted in New Orleans (LA). This year, forest economists will have a really tough choice, and they have to use their ecnonomic theories and scarce resource (time) to select, which conference they want to attend, as both of them areContinue reading
On April 21st, I had an opportunity to take a part in the Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium (WFGRS), hosted by Oregon State University’s (OSU) College of Forestry. Every year the symposium fosters educational opportunities, community building, and academic excellence by providing a space for students to present their work to their university community. Overall, it was a great experience to see the showcase of current raduate student research at OSU.
The shortcomings of wildfire spread modeling systems and the widespread use of their outcomes in fire management decisions render the evaluation of fire simulation results crucial for model calibration and improvement. This study proposes an exploratory evaluation framework of fire growth simulations using satellite active fire data.
Trees are beautiful complex adaptive organisms. As we see them standing immobile, deeply rooted to the ground and unable to move, we may think that they are defenceless to any change happening to their surrounding environment. In the case of drought, trees have evolved to use different strategies for facing water stress. However, intense and repeated droughts can induce changes in carbon allocation, regeneration rates and mortality. As the frequency and intensity of droughts are expected to increase in many regions due to climate change,Continue reading