Seminar Friday 9 June

Climate changes are influencing forestry

Changes in our climate are creating new conditions for the forest industry. Seasonal variations that do not follow the normal pattern plus more extreme weather conditions are making planning harder and work more unpredictable. These new conditions will be discussed at a seminar at Elmia Wood.

Gunn Persson, climate researcher at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

“The seminar underlines the need for good planning tools, for example when selecting felling areas, controlling load capacity and more,” explains Gunn Persson, climate researcher at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). 

She will speak about climate change and the new conditions for the forest industry at a seminar at Elmia Wood on Friday.

“I hope to see decision-makers in the forest industry as well as people interested in forestry technology, operational funding and production planning among the audience.” 

 

Why is this an important topic for the forest industry?

“Climate changes are altering the conditions for all industries. For forestry this will become particularly obvious when the seasons are no longer the same as they were.”

 

What are the most obvious climate effects that are affecting forestry in particular?

“Generally speaking, weather conditions are becoming more extreme. When it’s wet it’s wetter and when it’s dry it’s drier than we’re used to.” 

 

Can SMHI offer any solutions that the forest industry can adopt in order to adapt? 

“One example is a totally new service that we’re launching in connection with Elmia Wood which we are calling SMHI Timbr. It is a bearing capacity index that combines a large amount of data about such things as ground conditions and soil types with meteorological and hydrological forecasts so people can better plan their work in the forest based on the actual conditions.”

Published
5/15/2017
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Gunn Persson, climate researcher at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
Gunn Persson, climate researcher at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).