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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
This group of international researchers (recently renumbered from 8.01.11 to 8.03.06) focuses on the mechanics of wind interactions with trees, the biology of acclimative growth, and the ecological impacts of wind on forest ecosystems. Our members work together on collaborative projects, many of which focus on the development of process models for tree and stand-level windthrow risk prediction. We have held a three-day conference every 5 years and are now moving to every 4 years. The purpose of this Unit is to promote knowledge exchange and collaborative interactions.
Group members have developed non-spatial mechanistic windthrow risk models for uniform-structured stands, and tree-level models of tree-behaviour under load. Hot topics include: characterizing wind flow over complex terrain and through forest canopies; incorporating spatial and structural complexity in windthrow risk models; developing biomechanical models of acclimative growth; and characterizing ecosystem responses to recurring wind disturbances.
Topics under investigation include:
Atmospheric boundary layer flow over rough surfaces
Airflow over forest stands, edges and clearings
Topography effects in wind loading on trees
Airflow over natural shelter belts
Physical modelling of airflow around trees
Mechanics of trees under wind loading
Failure criteria of trees
Acclimative growth response of trees
Ecological dynamics and strong winds
Silviculture and harvest design to reduce wind damage
Tree level management to reduce wind damage
Post-storm damage responses
State of knowledge summaries:
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