Opinion paper Archive

13 Jul 2022

Potentials and limitations of NFIs and remote sensing in the assessment of harvest rates: a reply to Breidenbach et al.

Key message The timely and accurate monitoring of forest resources is becoming of increasing importance in light of the multi-functionality of these ecosystems and their increasing vulnerability to climate change. Remote sensing observations of tree cover and
20 Apr 2022

The role of wood harvest from sustainably managed forests in the carbon cycle

Key message We investigate the flux balance of managed and protected forests and the effects of using wood. – Flux parameters of CO2 uptake and respiration do not differ between managed and protected forests. – Accounting of
13 Apr 2022

Offering the appetite for the monitoring of European forests a diversified diet

Key message Forest monitoring in Europe is turning matter of renewed political concern, and a possible role for ICP Forests health monitoring has been suggested to meet this goal (Ann For Sci 78:94, 2021). Multipurpose national forest
16 Nov 2021

New appetite for the monitoring of European forests

Key message Future international forest monitoring should build upon the existing pan-European programs. Abstract There is a renewed interest in the monitoring of European forests. Future monitoring systems should build upon existing international programs, making use of
30 Mar 2021

Exploring new frontiers in forecasting forest growth, yield and wood property variation

Key message Modern forest managers operate in a world characterised by increasing variability in multiple factors impacting forest productivity, survival and product quality. Being able to predict, as accurately as possible, how forests will develop in the
26 Jan 2021

Recent increase in European forest harvests as based on area estimates (Ceccherini et al. 2020a) not confirmed in the French case

Key message A recent paper by Ceccherini et al.( 2020a ) reported an abrupt increase of 30% in the French harvested forest area in 2016–2018 compared to 2004–2015. A re-analysis of their data rather led us to
15 Oct 2020

Defining correct dormancy class matters: morphological and morphophysiological dormancy in Arecaceae

Key message Dormancy in Arecaceae diaspores is due to underdeveloped embryos, therefore, morphological dormancy or morphophysiological dormancy. Consequently, claims such as external seed structures inhibit germination, embryos are fully developed at maturity, and underdeveloped embryo is not
2 Sep 2020

Establishment of second-growth forests in human landscapes: ecological mechanisms and genetic consequences

Key message This special issue gathers articles arising from the ERA-NET BiodivERsA3 research project “Unraveling the Potential of Spontaneous Forest Establishment for Improving Ecosystem Functions and Services in Dynamic Landscapes (SPONFOREST)”. Using a broad spectrum of research
31 Aug 2020

Social sciences have so much more to bring to climate studies in forest research: a French case study

Key message Faced with wicked problems such as climate change, managers of complex forest social-ecological systems require more than experimental sciences alone. Yet, mitigation and adaptation studies underuse social sciences in forest research, as shown here with
30 Mar 2020

Rethinking global carbon storage potential of trees. A comment on Bastin et al. (2019)

Abstract Key Message Bastin et al. 2019 use two flawed assumptions: 1) that the area suitable for restoration does not contain any carbon currently, and 2) that soil organic carbon (SOC) from increased canopy cover will accumulate