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Climate change impact on water and temperature conditions of forest soils : a case study related to the Swedish forestry sector

Movsisyan, Anna LU (2014) In Lund University GEM thesis series NGEM01 20141
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Abstract
Climate observations have proven the existence of global warming. Projected climate change and its impacts are of great concern for the Swedish forestry sector. Managing forest ecosystem in changing climate is vital for the forest ecosystems and for the country’s overall development. Because of the long life-span of trees, forests are not capable to rapid adaptation to environmental changes. There are several factors which influence forests. Some of the major disturbance factors are considered soil conditions, in particular high and low soil temperature, the soil water depth and ground frost. The major objective of this work was to analyze the impact of climate change on soil water and temperature conditions in Sweden, focusing on the... (More)
Climate observations have proven the existence of global warming. Projected climate change and its impacts are of great concern for the Swedish forestry sector. Managing forest ecosystem in changing climate is vital for the forest ecosystems and for the country’s overall development. Because of the long life-span of trees, forests are not capable to rapid adaptation to environmental changes. There are several factors which influence forests. Some of the major disturbance factors are considered soil conditions, in particular high and low soil temperature, the soil water depth and ground frost. The major objective of this work was to analyze the impact of climate change on soil water and temperature conditions in Sweden, focusing on the southern part; and to make projections for future conditions of forest soils and possible damages under the changing climate. (Less)
Popular Abstract
In recent years, the issues of climate change and its impacts have been actively discussed in environmental science and politics including general media and public. Sweden is one of those countries where environmental issues are considered at the political level. Country’s economy largely depends on forests and therefore proper management practices play an important role, not only from the state of the forest but also for the country’s national economy and livelihoods. There are several factors which influence forests. For example, heavy machinery, used for timber harvesting, are known for causing tree root damage when driving on wet soils. Another factor is wind storms: during severe windstorms trees usually become uprooted if the soil is... (More)
In recent years, the issues of climate change and its impacts have been actively discussed in environmental science and politics including general media and public. Sweden is one of those countries where environmental issues are considered at the political level. Country’s economy largely depends on forests and therefore proper management practices play an important role, not only from the state of the forest but also for the country’s national economy and livelihoods. There are several factors which influence forests. For example, heavy machinery, used for timber harvesting, are known for causing tree root damage when driving on wet soils. Another factor is wind storms: during severe windstorms trees usually become uprooted if the soil is wet and unfrozen. In changing climate, increasing precipitation in autumn, decrease of snow cover and increase of soil moisture in winter might lead to higher damage compared to the situation of today. The objective of this work was to analyze the impact of climate change on Swedish forests, and to make projections for future conditions of forests under the changing climate. (Less)
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author
Movsisyan, Anna LU
supervisor
organization
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NGEM01 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
forest management, ground frost, climate model, Physical Geography and Ecosystem analysis, climate change, Swedish forestry, soil temperature, wind storm, GEM
publication/series
Lund University GEM thesis series
report number
5
language
English
id
5148978
date added to LUP
2015-03-04 17:32:43
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2015-03-04 17:32:43
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  abstract     = {Climate observations have proven the existence of global warming. Projected climate change and its impacts are of great concern for the Swedish forestry sector. Managing forest ecosystem in changing climate is vital for the forest ecosystems and for the country’s overall development. Because of the long life-span of trees, forests are not capable to rapid adaptation to environmental changes. There are several factors which influence forests. Some of the major disturbance factors are considered soil conditions, in particular high and low soil temperature, the soil water depth and ground frost. The major objective of this work was to analyze the impact of climate change on soil water and temperature conditions in Sweden, focusing on the southern part; and to make projections for future conditions of forest soils and possible damages under the changing climate.},
  author       = {Movsisyan, Anna},
  keyword      = {forest management,ground frost,climate model,Physical Geography and Ecosystem analysis,climate change,Swedish forestry,soil temperature,wind storm,GEM},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Lund University GEM thesis series},
  title        = {Climate change impact on water and temperature conditions of forest soils : a case study related to the Swedish forestry sector},
  year         = {2014},
}