While the threats caused by climate change are beginning to be well-known amongst stakeholders concerned with forests and even the general public, the need to increase the resilience of our forests and especially the value chains depending on them has gained less attention. Therefore, both proper advice and related tools for forest owners and managers, policy makers and the wood-based industry are lacking.
That gap of knowledge is exactly what the RESONATE project is tackling, a Horizon2020 project funded by the European Commission with 20 partner institutions from 12 different European countries. Coordinated by the European Forest Institute, the project started in April 2021 and runs for four years. The project researches on the resilience of the European forest sector, raise awareness about forest resilience and provide best practice examples and tailor-made solutions to all stakeholders.
We at EDFM contribute to RESONATE in several ways: we provide the context with regard to the historical disturbance regime for the case study areas by analyzing our remote sensing based pan-european disturbance map. Furthermore, we will provide information about future disturbance regimes by combining mechanistic disturbance models with high resolution modeling of forest development in Europe.