Benjamin Allen successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Detection of Root, Butt, and Stem Rot in Picea Abies with Remotely sensed Data”, on 14 March 2023.
The topic for the trial lecture was “Challenges in area-wide biodiversity inventories in Scandinavian boreal forests”. We congratulate!
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Ana Claudia Ferreira Aza successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Risk and uncertainties incorporated in the management of root and butt rot infected forest areas”, on 16 December 2022. Continue reading
Eirik Næsset Ramtvedt successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Fine-spatial radiation measurements for heterogeneous boreal–alpine and sub-alpine vegetation”, on 17 June 2022. Continue reading
Zerihun Asrat Kutie successfully defended his doctoral thesis, “Modelling and estimating tree and forest resources of the Dry Afromontane forests in South-central Ethiopia using field and remotely sensed data”, on 30 October 2020. Continue reading
The primary objective of SmartForest is to improve the efficiency of the Norwegian forest sector by enabling a digital revolution transforming forest information, silviculture, forest operations, wood supply and the overall digital information flow in the sector.
NMBU is leading the work packages 1, 5 and 6 (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1. Work package structure.
See the project web pages for more info.
Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) are an important mechanism to link the demands of the society with the service providers. Continue reading
«Precision forestry for improved resource utilization and reduced wood decay in Norwegian forests (PRECISION)»
PRECISION is an integrated project that addresses root and butt rot (RBR), the largest source of biomaterial and value loss in the primary production of the Norwegian forest sector. Even a small improvement in the information of the geographical location of RBR can lead to a very large financial gain for the forest sector.
PRECISION consists of a multidisciplinary research consortium spanning the fields of robotics and forest technology, remote sensing, pathology, silviculture, forest management planning, and economics. The consortium includes researchers from Norwegian research institutes and universities in partnership with leading international scientists. The industrial partners are an integral part of the project – the PRECISION industrial partners are responsible for more than 80% of the annual harvest in Norway’s forests.
PRECISION aims at improving the carbon footprint and hence the overall sustainability of the Norwegian forest sector. RBR has a negative impact on the carbon footprint of the forestry sector as it reduces tree growth, increases tree mortality, and reduces the yield of saw timber that can substitute building materials with long lifetimes.
Read more (In Norwegian).
“Mobilizing and Monitoring Climate Positive Efforts in Forests and Forestry”
Lomnessjøen and Storsjøen, Hedmark county, Norway. Photo: Ole Martin Bollandsås
Forest potential in the climate policy framework remains underutilized and significantly under-mobilized. Questions about the relative uncertainty surrounding the assessment of carbon content in soils and trees have been one problem. The introduction of strategies for encouraging climate friendly efforts on the part of landowners and other users of wood-based products represents another side of the problem. And finally, how forest carbon is accounted, and thus incentivised or not, in national, regional and international frameworks, represents a third problem. We address each of these at depth. We analyze national level strategies emerging in the context of the 2015 Paris Agreement and how these incentivise the role of forests and forest-based resources in the climate policy framework. Further, we analyze national level incentive systems for encouraging carbon friendly actions on the part of forest owners and consumers of harvested wood products. With this knowledge in hand, we consider new technologies and methods for the more accurate estimation of soil and tree carbon, from the national all the way down to the landowner level. Likewise, we investigate potential mitigation scenarios at the national and local level in three case studies (Netherlands, Romania and Sweden), analyzing response curves to economic and policy incentives. Finally, we analyze how international and regional climate change mitigation strategies can be better linked to subnational incentive systems. The goal is to promote methodologies that will provide a more accurate accounting of forest carbon, and permit the greater mobilization of forests and forest-based resources in national, regional and international climate policy frameworks.
See project pages for more information: http://www.forestinventory.no/forclimit