Forestry Science

Trees do not stand in contrast to their environments, but sense their environments and adjust their form accordingly. Any particular tree expresses its environment, and its environment is, in turn, an expression of the tree. 


The world's most Southerly trees

The most amazing thing about trees     

The world's oldest trees by starlight

These ancient trees have stories to tell

To define future of forests, first define forests

How forest structure influences the water cycle

How trees secretly talk to each other in the forest

Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forests champs

When you give a tree an email address    Scientists reveal 'woodquakes'

Specific trees:

Isolating eucalyptus genes for oils, biofules: the secrets of secretion

Higher marker density GWAS provides novel insights into genomics of terpene oil in Eucalypts

The wind in the willows    Liana diversity explained by clones, disturbances

Natural teak forests decline, while plalnted teak forests increase

Stunning 360 pictures reveal tops of giant sequoias

Bishop Pines on Santa Cruz Island: fog and forests

Pollen can protect mahogany from extinction

Do palm trees hold the key to immortality?

Genome sequence of the olive tree

Redwood trees reveal history of West Coast rain, fog, ocean conditions    Video of US redwoodsl 

Forests and Drought:  

Even California's mighty oaks are dying from drought

Tipping point of conifer forest ecosystem under severe drought

Increasing drought stress predicted to challenge vulnerable hydraulic system of plants

Forests and Climate Change:

Forests, health and climate change

How will climate change affect trees?    

Forests could be global warming factor

New analysis links tree height to climate

Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world

Forests in a water limited world under climate change

Scientists seek out forest traditions in climate change fight 

Changing atmosphere affects how much water trees need

In forests, climate change brings complicated cosequences

Trees on tundra’s border are growing faster in a hotter climate

Deforestation of sandy soils a greater threat to climate change

The fate of trees: how climate change may alter forests worldwide

Study suggests climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires

Water, not temperature, limits global forest growth as climate warms

Adaptation of forests and people to climate change - a global assesment report

How anthropogenic emissions interact with organic compounds emitted by trees

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood

Synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration

Securing rights, combating climate change: how strengthening community forest rights mitigates climate change

Forests, Carbon Sources or Sinks, and Carbon Storage:

A carbon sink that can't be filled

Palm oil massive source of CO2

The carbon footprint of flowering trees

Trees trade carbon among each other

Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

Global warming may affect the capacity of trees to store carbon

Oldest trees are growing faster, storing more carbon as they age

Increased atmospheric CO2 makes trees use water more effiiciently

As climate changes, Boreal forests to shift north and relinquish more carbon than expected

Global tree cover and biomass on agricultural land: the contribution of agroforestry to carbon budgets

Managing forests because carbon matters: integrating energy, products, and land management policy

The impact of tree age on biomass growth and carbon accumulation capacity    

A forest by any other name? Semantics, carbon implications, and solutions 

Variations in carbon storage among tree species 

Tropical forests are losing their ability to soak up carbon  

Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests

Forest succession, soil carbon accumulation, and rapid nitrogen storage in poorly remineralized soil organic matter 

Forests and their sub-soils:

Forests and Landslides

Trees: More than just carbon sinks

Satellite images uncover underground forest fungi

 UN project shows how trees help halt desertification

New tool offers unprecedented access for root studies

Soil's microbial market shows the ruthless side of forests

Tree roots in the mountains act like thermostat for global climate  

Temperate forest soils may be poor carbon store in elevated CO2 world

Rising carbon dioxide in atmosphere also speeds carbon loss from forest soils

Higher subsoil carbon storage in species-rich than species-poor temperate forests

Poleward expansion of mangroves is a threshold response to decreased frequency of extreme cold events

Forest Loss:

State of the World's Forests

Climate change cripples forests

World's primary forests 'on the brink'

How fast is the world losing its forests?

The bigger they are, the harder they fall 

'Come out of the forests' to save the trees

Forest losses increase local temperatures

Global tree restoration potential    Comment on "The global tree restoration potential"

New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Forest mortality and climate change: the big picture 

Satellite technology yields new forest loss estimates 

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests

World's giant trees are dying off rapidly, studies show

Deforestation is messing with our weather and our food

Large trees - key climate indicators - die first in a drought

Storm damage to forests costs billions - here's how AI can help

Study forecast disappearance of conifers due to climate change

Researchers find the world's forests are fragmenting at a quick pace

Only two intact forests left on Earth    Worldwide loss of interior forest   

Deforested areas are highly susceptible to drastic temperature changes

Forest loss in protected areas and intact forest landscapes: a global analyses

An assessment of deforestation and forest degradation drivers in developing countries

Forests most likely to continue shrinking   World forest area still on the decline

NASA-USGS Landsat data yield best view to date of global forest losses. gains

An evoutionary ecology perspective to address forest pathology challenges of today and tomorrow

New global 'ratings agency' ranks the 500 institutions that have the power to end deforestation by 2020

A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forests

Forest Mapping:

Global Forest Map

Citizen science maps global forests

Mapping the world's forests in 3D

International network to spy on trees

Russia home to largest number of trees globally

New forest land classification data set launched

Seeing the forest and the trees, all 3 trillion of them

Wood wide web: 'trees' social networks are mapped

Landsat sets the standard for maps of world's forests

New map of palm oil plantations could help save rain forests

Found: 'lost' forests covering an area 2/3rds the size of Australia

A National and International Analysis of Changing Forest Density

Satellites help scientists see forests for the trees amid climate change

Global characterization and monitoring of forest cover using Landsat data

Mapping tropical forest trees using high-resolution aerial digital photographs

Mapping tropical disturbed forests using multi-decadal 30m optical satellite imagery

The Forest Observation System, buildiing a global reference dataset for remote sensing of forest biomass

Forest dynamics:

Efficiency in the forest 

Engineers design 'tree-on-a-chip'

Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

Data-based perfect-deficit approach to understanding climate extremes and forest carbon assimilation capacity

The Earth has lungs. Watch them breathe

The protective layer of prehistoric land plants

Trees' surprising role in the boreal water cycle    

New information from watching a forest breathe

A forect 'glow' reveals awakening from hibernation

Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics

Winter's over and it's time to grow again - how does a tree know?    

Warm winters let trees sleep longer    How do trees go to sleep?

Trees employ similar strategies to out compete their neighbors    

10+ amazing examples of 'crown shyness'

Tree pests & diseases:

Insect infestations alter forest carbon cycle

Every forest biome is actively dying right now

Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases

Sudden oak death taking a toll on US West Coast

Diseased trees are a source of climate-changing gas

DNA fingerprinting to understand the immunity of trees

As climate warms, bark beetles march on high-elevation forests

Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?     

Tropical Forests:

Tropical forests 'better managed'

Saving tropics could cut emissions

Loss of tropical forests reduces rain    

Tropical forests 're-shaped' by climate changes    

Deforestation monitoring method for tropical regions

Tropical ecosystems boost CO2 as temperatures rise

Multiple use management of tropical production forests

Humid tropical forest disturbance alerts using Landsat data

Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

Effects of past tropical deforestation will be felt for years to come

Detailed vegetation height estimates across the tropics released

Tropical forest ecosystem response to increasing nutrient availability

Climate polices alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests

Tropical forests and climate change: filling knowledge gaps in a different way

Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation

Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed as UN study found

Forest and Agroecosystem Tradeoffs in the Humid Tropics (Tropical Forest Margins)

Rain Forests:

Rainforest Facts    Rainforests

There's a limit to the rainforest's carbon storage abilities

Researchers discover evidence of rainforest resilience to global warming

Clearing rainforests distorts wind and water, packs climate wallop beyond carbon

Seeing the forest from the trees - identifying critical life stages for rainforest diversity 


Estimating the Opportunity Costs of REDD

Afforestation     Deforestation    Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) programme

Exploring the biophysical option space for feeding the world without deforestation

New Study Suggests Global Pacts Like REDD Ignore Primary Causes of Destruction of Forests

How countries link REDD+ intervaentions to drivers in their readiness plans: implications for monitoring  

Tree leaves:

Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves

Leaf vein architecture solves mysteries, allows predictions of past climate

Tree canopies: 

Canopy structure explains supposed link between leaf nitrogen and climate

Wood growing and wood products:

Superwood could replace steel

Forest model predicts canopy competition

Mimicking wood's ultrastructure with 3D printing

One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest  

Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood

Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp

Model forecasts long-term impacts of forest land-use decisions

Using sphere packing models to explain the structure of forests

Modelling water uptake in wood opens up new design framework

Staying in shape: how wood chemistry relates to structural stability

Measuring, monitoring, and verification of carbon benefits for forest-based projects

A generic 3D finite element model of tree anchorage integrating soil mechanics and real root system architecture

Deviation from symmetric self-similarity in trees predicts altered hydraulics, mechanics, light interception and metabolic scaling

Distribution of living Cupressaceae reflects the breakup of Pangea

Forestry Economics:

Paying for forests has multiple benefits

Recognizing the economic benefits of Nature

Richer forest biodiversity could rake in billions

Forestry insurance: a largely untapped potential   

Bankers take centre stage in fight to save rainforests

What's the value of afforestation and bioenergy CCS?

Forest Palentology:

World's oldest known fossil forest found in quarry in upper New York state


South America:

Fossils of ancient Australasian trees found in Patagonia

Iconic Australasian trees found as fossils in South America

Forests and climate change in Latin America: linking adaptation and mitigation

Land use patterns and related carbon losses following deforestation in South America

Brazil passes 'retrograde' forest code    Untangling Brazil's controversial new forest code 

Amazon's canopy chemistry is a patchwork quilt    Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in reguating atmospheric chemistry

Amazon rain forests responds quickly to extreme climate events

Deforestation could exacerbate drought in the Amazon

Modeling Amazonian transitional forest micrometeorology

Satellite observation of tropical forect seasonality: Spatial patterns of carbon exchange in Amazonia

Amazon's carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

Seeing the Amazon's future through the fog  

Fire and drought may push Amazonian forest beyond tipping point

Warming climate unlikely to cause extinction of ancient Amazon trees      

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply   

Forging fire resilience on Amazon forest fringes in Peru   

Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon 'climate tipping point'

Integrating ecosystem- and community-based adaptation: lessons from model forests in Latin America

Amazon deforestation could mean drought for western US

Amazon rainforest was shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts 

Carbon emissions from deforestation and forest fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon

Tree rings go with the flow of the Amazon   Seeing the forest for the trees

Visit the Amazon on World Forest Day with Google's Streetview

NASA Satellites Detect Extensive Drought Impact On Amazon Forests   

Forests and climate change in Latin America    Forest carbon monitoring breakthrough in Colombia

Land cover dynamics following a deforestation ban in northern Costa Rica

Why did Mayan civilization collapse? Deforestation and climate change

Our 'tropical' Arctic

North America:

Drunken trees and browning forests: why a Canadian government scientist is sounding the alarm

A risk assessment of climate change and the impact of forest diseases on forest ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada

Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so

Science synthesis to support forest plan revision in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

US Forest Service engagement service

Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the USA

Increasing drought now threatens nearly all US forests

Forest srvice scientists improve US forest carbon accounting

US forest products in the global economy     US evergreens at risk

Study reveals how Eastern US forests came to be

Carbon storage and sequestration by trees in urban and community areas of the US

Urban forests of Tennessee   Forests for Water: Exploring Payments for Watershed Services in the US South

Guidelines for regenerating Southern US pine beetle spots

In the American West, a battle unfolds over bugs, climate change and the fate of an iconic species

Beetle-infested pine trees contribute to air pollution and haze in forests

US polar vortex brings Big Chill to forest pests    Wildfire and pine beetles

US: Central hardwood ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis

Dying trees in Southwest US set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

Eradication of 'sudden oaka death' disease is no longer possible in California

Carbon stocks of trees killed by bark beetles and wildfire in the western US

Rising global temperatures accelerate drought-induced forest mortality

Chronic 2000-04 drought , worst in 800 years, may be the new normal

Conservationists clone massive redwood tree to fight climate change

Caliifornia: wamer, drier climate forests altering forests statewide

Tens of millions of trees in danger from California drought

The Beetles: 89 million acres of abrupt climate change

Tree die-off triggered by hotter temperatures

Russia & Central Asia:

Birthplace of the modern apple

Siberian larch forests are still linked to the ice age


Swiss Forests

Siberian Forests

State of Europe's Forests 2011

The Swiss people and their forests

Reviving extinct Mediterranean forests 

EU: preparing forests for climate change

New project maps out UK woodland biodiversity

Developing a forest naturalness indicator for Europe

Significant humus loss in forests of the Bavarian Alps

Carbon implications of forest restitution in post-socialist Romania

Green corridors needed to reconnect Europe's fragmented forests 

Valuing forest recreation in Europe: time and spatial considerations

Guidance to report on land use, land-use change and forestry emissions

Forest prooductivity in SW Europe is controlled by coupled NAO and AMO   

500 years of regional forest growth variability and links to climatic extreme events in Europe


Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific 

Indonesia's rapid deforestation continues

Forests and Climate Change in the Near East Region

Drought makes Borneo's trees flower at the same time

Case study on tree crop diversity in China, Nepal and Pakistan

As climate change shrinks the Sundarbans, lives are washed away

Rain forests in Far East shaped by humans for the last 11,000 years 

The Changes in China's Forests: An Analysis Using the Forest Identity

China's forest recovery shows hope for mitigating global climate change

Biodiversity protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation 

Super-charged tropical trees: Borneo's productive trees vitally important for global carbon cycling 


Africa's Great Green Wall project

Big data reveals best carbon stocking locations

Africa's rainforests 'more resilient' to climate change

Super high-resolution carbon estimates for endangered Madagascar

Unsustainable fuelwood extraction from South African savannas

Linking forests, deforestation, and nutritional outcomes: a study in 9 African countries

Satellite-based primary forest degradation assessment in the DR  of Congo, 2000-2010    

National-scale estimation of gross forest above ground carbon loss: a case study of the DRC


Dead tree detective

Gold grows on eucalyptus trees

Eucalyptus - a global tree for fuel and fiber

The Nullarbor Plain's ancient forests revealed

Gilding the gum tree - scientists strike gold in leaves

Australian species face 'imminent extinction' from from invasive pathogen

Entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. Is it the start of ecosystem collapse?