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IUFRO Anniversary Congress Spotlight #50 - Filling in knowledge gaps about natural disturbances and their interactions in mountain forests

This Anniversary Congress session will highlight the need for disturbance management that allows forests to adapt to future environmental conditions.

Natural disturbances are becoming more and more important drivers in many mountain chains worldwide, mainly because of past land-use legacies. But also, under climate change, the incidence of some natural disturbances is increasing. These disturbances and their interactions can threaten human life and property and can compromise the protection function of mountain forests.

"Certainly we have learned a fair amount in terms of understanding and quantifying protection functions and disturbance interactions, but knowledge gaps remain," said Dr. Peter Bebi of WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland.

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The detailed Congress program will be available in early August.

Read the full Spotlight article:

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