Open Science conference:“Managing forests in the 21st century”

“Managing forests in the 21st century” was the final conference of the FORMASAM project, held together with REFORCE and FOREXCLIM research projects. It brought together scientific experts on forest management from all over Europe facing very specific management challenges.

The conference was held on 3rd-5th March 2020 at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. It addressed climate change impacts, as well as needs for mitigation and adaptation especially with regard to the following scientific questions:

  1. What are the impacts of climate extremes and disturbances?
  2. What are the management challenges (and options) for resilient forests?
  3. What can we do to increase the contribution of forest management to climate change mitigation?

The conference was open to citizens and society at large and we especially welcomed scientists, policy makers, environmental NGOs and other professionals working in the field of forest management and climate change. Here you can find a short summary from PIK, a detailed summary from our conference participant Cosmin Cosofret, agenda and book of abstracts

Presentation slides from plenary and parallel sessions follow below.

It was great to see 115 participants at the conference and up to 35 online. Thank you all for joining us, preparing great talks and posters and being active participants. We would like to also thank everybody to make the remote participation and presentations a success!


Foto: PIK / AKdS

Tuesday 3-3-2020

11.30 Begin of registration

12.00 Welcome Lunch

13:00 Welcome from the FORMASAM, FOREXCLIM & REFORCE projects

13:30 Plenary: Overview of the conference themes (Chair Christopher Reyer)

15:00 Poster session 1 & Coffee break

15.30 Parallel Session 1

17.00 Poster session 2 & Coffee break

17.30 Plenary: What are the impacts of climate extremes & disturbances? (Chair Annikki Mäkelä)

19:30 Conference dinner: Restaurant Oscar

Wednesday 4-3-2020

9:00 Plenary: What are the management challenges (and options) for resilient forests? (C. Reyer)

10:30 Poster session 3 & Coffee Break

11:00 Parallel Session 2

12:30 Lunch (provided) + group picture

13:30 Plenary: The state of Europe’s forests after 2018 & 2019 (Chair Christopher Reyer)

14:30 Coffee break

15:00 Parallel Session 3

16:30 Poster session 4 & Coffee break

17:00 Plenary: What are the management challenges (and options) for resilient forests? (Chair Rupert Seidl)

18:40 End of day 2 - Free time / no organised dinner

Thursday 5-3-2020

9:00 Plenary: What can we do to increase the contribution of forest management to climate change mitigation? (Chair Christopher Reyer)

10.45 Coffee break

11.00 Parallel Session 4

12:30 Lunch (provided)

13:30 Field trip (optional), see separate file

Parallel session 1:

Management modelling 1

A56 Conference Room

Chair: Andy Krause


A56 Telepresence Room

Chair: Werner Rammer

Simulated effects of tree species diversity and species pattern on biomass production at stand level

by Thomas Kainz

How to better understand the adaptive capacity of Social-Ecological Systems to absorb climate extremes

by Kirsten Thonicke

Locally adapted stand-scale forest management alternatives for the 21st century

by Mats Mahnken

Resilience of multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity in a temperate forest

by Elena Cantarello

Socially optimal forest management and biodiversity conservation in temperate forests under climate change

by Andrey Lessa Derci Augustynczik

Directing structural development can improve the functional response diversity of forests to climate change in northeastern North America

by Dominik Thom

How to consider forest regeneration in process-based models? Interaction of physiology, environment and management

by Rüdiger Grote

Variable rooting strategies stabilize biome productivity

by Boris Sakschewski

The carbon balance of boreal old-growth forests

by Anu Akujärvi

Drought responses of Amazon forests under climate change: The contrasting roles of soil moisture and canopy responses

by Hao-Wei Wey

Forest and Woodlands in Brandenburg

by Michael Duhr

Parallel session 2:

Empirical management

A56 Conference Room

Chair: Dominik Thom

Empirical impacts 1

A31 Big Cupola

Chair: Björn Reineking

Does competition influence tree response to drought?

by Daniele Castagneri

Seasonal changes in the most limiting factor for Gross Primary Production in a semi-arid forest

by Daniel Nadal-Sala

The REINFFORCE infrastructure network for monitoring and adapting Atlantic forests under a changing climate. First empirical evidences on the potential adaptive performance of alternative species

by Hernán Serrano-León

Mountain forest growth response to climate change in the Northern Limestone Alps

by Claudia Hartl (cancelled)

Forests and landscape temperature management

by Pierre Ibisch

Changes in site productivity as one of the factors increasing the forest dieback risk

by Jarosław Socha

Forest microclimate and management under climate change: insights from forests and plantation in north-eastern Germany

by Jeanette Blumroeder

Relations between radial growth of European beech and remotely sensed indices across Europe

by Dejan Stojanović

Phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation of Fagus sylvatica and its implications for assisted migration

by Jonas Schmeddes

Frost and drought: effects of extreme weather events on Stem Carbon dynamic in a Mediterranean beech forest

by Negar Rezaei (remote)

To what extent can silviculture drive adaptability to changes in disturbance regimes? Formalizing a disturbance impact regime for integration into a demo-genetic model

by Victor Fririon (remote)

Anthropogenic land-use legacies underlie Mediterranean forest vulnerability to climate change

by Julen Astigarraga (remote)

Parallel session 3:

Management modelling 2

A56 Conference Room

Chair: Mart-Jan Schelhaas

Management challenges

A31 Big Cupola

Chair: Hans Verkerk

Efficiency of bark beetle management threatened by climate change

by Laura Dobor (remote)

Uncertainty of Carbon Forestry

by Rasoul Yousefpour

The effect of landscape structure on the climate resilience of lowland Norway spruce forests

by Juha Honkaniemi (remote)

Economic Impact of climate change on forestry: An analysis at European scale

by María-Luisa Chas-Amil

Thinking new about forest management - A reflexive collaboration process to adapt local forests to climate change

by Isabella Hallberg-Sramek (remote)

The CO2 storage balance – a method for more comprehensively assessing GHG implications of wood use

by Hannes Böttcher

Seeing forest landscapes as functional complex networks: a way to enhance resilience to climate change and disturbances

by Marco Mina

Forest challenges under climate change with technical, scientific, social, economic and political options

by Jean-Luc Peyron (remote)

Transition to multifunctional forest management in EU28 – transition costs and implications to forest sector

by Pekka Lauri

Adaptedness versus adaptability: Forest genetic management as a tool to mitigate climate change effect on forests

by Sven Herzog

Modelling the potential of Douglas-fir in future European forests using LPJ-GUESS

by Sebastian Karaytug

Types of Uncertainties and Possible Legal Responses in GI Strategy (e.g. Adaptive Forest Management, USA)

by Yelena Gordeeva

Parallel session 4:

Mitigation modelling

A56 Conference Room

Chair: Annikki Mäkelä

Empirical impacts 2

A31 Big Cupola

Chair: Rupert Seidl

Little leeway to increase Northern European forests climate change mitigation capacity through alternative management

by Daniela Dalmonech & Gina Marano

Managing forest age and structure for C mitigation

by Federico Magnani (cancelled)

Ensemble of forest impact models for analysing the variability of carbon sink projections

by Tuomo Kalliokoski

A new Multiscale Framework for assessing impacts of climate change on Central European forests: MuFfin

by Tomáš Hlásny (remote)

Searching for an optimal harvest-regeneration system using multi-criteria analysis

by Katarina Merganicova

Quantifying impacts of the drought 2018 on European ecosystems in comparison to 2003

by Allan Buras (remote recorded)

A regional assessment of land-based carbon mitigation potentials: bioenergy, BECCS, reforestation, and forest management

by Andreas Krause

Environmental and climate controls of Pine sawfly outbreaks

by Mikko Peltoniemi

Forest management options for timber production and carbon sequestration: Insights from a land-use model

by Abhijeet Mishra

Colonization and extinction dynamics match the distribution of European trees at continental scale

by Arnaud Guyennon

Impact of simulated present and historic management regimes on forest carbon cycling in Europe

by Christine Herschlein

A five-step model calibration-validation procedure allows to anticipate water-demanding eucalypt tree species’ responses to changes in environmental drivers

by Santi Sabaté