8.03.06 - Impact of wind on forests


Call for Papers: Special issue of Forest Ecology and Management

"IUFRO 10th Wind and Trees Conference"

We are seeking papers connected with the issues discussed at the recent IUFRO 8.03.06 Wind and Trees conference in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. The focus of the conference was an understanding of the processes of wind damage to trees and forests and how we use this knowledge to develop resistant and resilient forests in our changed climate. We are therefore looking for papers that address the following issues:

  • Understanding damage patterns and processes to trees due to windstorms: Papers describing observations from actual windstorms under a range of conditions and for different tree environments from urban forests to large-scale forestry are welcome.
  • The mechanics of wind damage including uprooting, branch breakage and stem breakage: Of particular interest is wind loading on trees, measurements of tree resistance to damage, tree dynamical behaviour, and incorporating our knowledge into tools and models for predicting damage to trees under a range of conditions.
  • Airflow over forests and in forested complex terrain: Knowledge of airflow in complex forested terrain is critical to improve our understanding of wind damage in hilly or mountainous areas. Papers describing new measurements and modelling of airflow in complex forested or wooded terrain are very welcome.
  • Tree acclimation and adaptation to the wind and how we use an understanding of these processes to anticipate changes to tree growth and resistance to the wind: Although we have known for a long-time that trees can acclimate to their wind environment the actual processes involved and the speed of response to changes in wind environment are topics that are extremely pertinent and directly relevant to designing more resilient forest and woodlands.
  • Designing wind-resistant and resilient forests: We have a lot of knowledge of the mechanics of wind damage and the behaviour of trees under chronic and extreme wind loading. A next step is to translate that knowledge into practical advice for improving resistance and resilience of forests and woodlands. The need for this knowledge is acknowledged by practitioners operating under many social and economic conditions, as climate and wind regimes are changing across the globe. In addition, acknowledging and understanding the connection between wind damage and other hazards such as snow damage, insect outbreaks, drought, rockfall and avalanches is critical for developing a holistic understanding of forest resilience.

We hope that this special issue will contain a range of papers covering all the issues of concern in developing forests that are more resilient to wind damage and associated hazards. In addition, we believe that the special issue will provide a step-change in our understanding of the whole subject of wind damage to trees and forests and provide a solid and valuable resource for future research work in this scientific area.

Guest editors:
Dr. Natasha Ribeiro, Dr. Barry Gardiner, Prof. Emanuele Lingua, Associ. Prof. Kana Kamimura, Ms. Amanda Bunce, Prof. Dirk Schindler, Dr. Maximiliano Costa, Dr. Yi-Ying Chen, Dr. Tom Locatelli

Manuscript Submission Deadline:  extended to 29 February 2024!

Further details:   https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/forest-ecology-and-management/about/call-for-papers#iufro-10th-wind-and-trees-conference  


Wind and Trees 2023 - "The future is uncertain: wind resilient forests in a changed climate"

The 10th International Wind and Trees Conference will be hosted by IUFRO Working Party 8.03.036, at Villa Bolasco (Castelfranco Veneto, province of Treviso), Italy from 20-23 June 2023.

The conference will focus on the understanding of the processes of wind damage to forests and how we use this knowledge to develop resistant and resilient forests in our changed climate.

Scientists from a range of disciplines will have the opportunity to share advances in knowledge on topics including:

  • Understanding damage patterns and processes in forests due to windstorms
  • Mechanics of wind damage
  • Tree acclimation and adaptation to the wind
  • Designing wind-resistant and resilient forests

There will be a half day dedicated to Flash Talks (7 minutes + 3 minutes for questions) and Posters (1 slide to present poster) with a prize for the best student Flash Talk and best student Poster.

There will also be a half-day with four workshops:

  • Using remote sensing to determine wind damage in forests
  • Machine learning as a tool for understanding wind damage and wind effects on trees
  • Tree pulling to determine tree resistance to uprooting
  • Training in the use of the wind damage risk model (fgr R library)

Details: https://windandtrees2023.com/


Call for Submissions: Special Issue of Frontiers in Forests and Global Change

Living with Tropical Storms in a Changing Climate

Tropical storms, including hurricanes, typhoons, thunderstorms, and derechos are a major disturbance in many regions of the world. They can induce major changes to forest ecosystems, including urban trees and forests. Tropical storms can cause casualties, have major economic impacts, and bring important changes to natural and urban environments. By removing standing trees, they have a profound effect on standing biomass and carbon sequestration. Additionally, tree uprooting will modify forest floor and edaphic characteristics, which will also influence ecosystem recovery and succession. In the context of climate change, their severity, as well as their spatial and temporal occurrence are likely to change. Understanding their impact in the current and future contexts requires a close collaboration between many disciplines, including climatology, meteorology, mechanics, forestry and ecology.

This Special Issue intends to bring together specialists from various disciplines to build an integrated understanding of the current and the future effects of tropical storms on trees and forests in different parts of the world. We are seeking state-of-the-art papers in the form of Original Research and Reviews that address the following topics: - Tropical storm impacts in natural ecosystems; - Tropical storm impacts on urban trees and forests; - Climate change and changes in tropical storm occurrence; - Forest recovery after tropical storms; - Economic impacts of tropical storms on forested ecosystems and on urban trees [and forests]; - Monitoring tropical storm damage and responses of forests and trees; - Mitigation of the impact of tropical storm

Submission Deadlines
Abstracts: 8 November 2020
Manuscripts: 8 March 2020

Further details: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/16298/living-with-tropical-storms-in-a-changing-climate


Latest publications by IUFRO Working Party 8.03.06

Tree Motion and Wind Measurement Workshop
Roskilde, Denmark; 23-25 April 2018     

Two special issues are published from this workshop:

Agriculture and Forest Meteorology
: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/agricultural-and-forest-meteorology/special-issue/1039GPTNSCG