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Boreal Forests in the Face of Climate Change

Sustainable Management

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Offers a set of tools to help achieve sustainable forest management

  • Explores a new conceptual framework for climate change evaluation and sustainable boreal forest management

  • Expert perspectives from biodiversity, ecophysiology and integrated forest ecology topics

Part of the book series: Advances in Global Change Research (AGLO, volume 74)

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Table of contents (31 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xlix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Ecosystem Management of the Boreal Forest in the Era of Global Change

      • Sylvie Gauthier, Timo Kuuluvainen, S. Ellen Macdonald, Ekaterina Shorohova, Anatoly Shvidenko, Annie-Claude Bélisle et al.
      Pages 3-49Open Access
  3. Natural Disturbances

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 51-51
    2. Millennial-Scale Disturbance History of the Boreal Zone

      • Tuomas Aakala, Cécile C. Remy, Dominique Arseneault, Hubert Morin, Martin P. Girardin, Fabio Gennaretti et al.
      Pages 53-87Open Access
    3. Natural Disturbances from the Perspective of Forest Ecosystem-Based Management

      • Ekaterina Shorohova, Tuomas Aakala, Sylvie Gauthier, Daniel Kneeshaw, Matti Koivula, Jean-Claude Ruel et al.
      Pages 89-121Open Access
    4. Selected Examples of Interactions Between Natural Disturbances

      • Jean-Claude Ruel, Beat Wermelinger, Sylvie Gauthier, Philip J. Burton, Kaysandra Waldron, Ekaterina Shorohova
      Pages 123-141Open Access
  4. Biodiversity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 143-143
    2. Living Trees and Biodiversity

      • Aino Hämäläinen, Kadri Runnel, Grzegorz Mikusiński, Dmitry Himelbrant, Nicole J. Fenton, Piret Lõhmus
      Pages 145-166Open Access
    3. Deadwood Biodiversity

      • Therese Löfroth, Tone Birkemoe, Ekaterina Shorohova, Mats Dynesius, Nicole J. Fenton, Pierre Drapeau et al.
      Pages 167-189Open Access
    4. Embracing the Complexity and the Richness of Boreal Old-Growth Forests: A Further Step Toward Their Ecosystem Management

      • Maxence Martin, Ekaterina Shorohova, Nicole J. Fenton
      Pages 191-218Open Access
    5. Ecological Classification in Forest Ecosystem Management: Links Between Current Practices and Future Climate Change in a Québec Case Study

      • Pierre Grondin, Marie-Hélène Brice, Yan Boulanger, Claude Morneau, Pierre-Luc Couillard, Pierre J. H. Richard et al.
      Pages 219-246Open Access
  5. Response of Functional Traits

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 247-247
    2. A Circumpolar Perspective on the Contribution of Trees to the Boreal Forest Carbon Balance

      • Christoforos Pappas, Flurin Babst, Simone Fatichi, Stefan Klesse, Athanasios Paschalis, Richard L. Peters
      Pages 271-294Open Access
    3. Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Tree-Ring Growth in Cold Climates

      • Vladimir V. Shishov, Alberto Arzac, Margarita I. Popkova, Bao Yang, Minhui He, Eugene A. Vaganov
      Pages 295-321Open Access
    4. Functional Traits of Boreal Species and Adaptation to Local Conditions

      • Marcin Klisz, Debojyoti Chakraborty, Branislav Cvjetković, Michael Grabner, Anna Lintunen, Konrad Mayer et al.
      Pages 323-355Open Access
  6. Silviculture as a Tool to Promote Forest Resilience

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 357-357
    2. Building a Framework for Adaptive Silviculture Under Global Change

      • Anthony W. D’Amato, Brian J. Palik, Patricia Raymond, Klaus J. Puettmann, Miguel Montoro Girona
      Pages 359-381Open Access
    3. Plantation Forestry, Tree Breeding, and Novel Tools to Support the Sustainable Management of Boreal Forests

      • Nelson Thiffault, Patrick R. N. Lenz, Karin Hjelm
      Pages 383-401Open Access

About this book

This open access book explores a new conceptual framework for the sustainable management of the boreal forest in the face of climate change. The boreal forest is the second-largest terrestrial biome on Earth and covers a 14 million km2 belt, representing about 25% of the Earth’s forest area. Two-thirds of this forest biome is managed and supplies 37% of global wood production. These forests also provide a range of natural resources and ecosystem services essential to humanity. However, climate change is altering species distributions, natural disturbance regimes, and forest ecosystem structure and functioning. Although sustainable management is the main goal across the boreal biome, a novel framework is required to adapt forest strategies and practices to climate change.

This collaborative effort draws upon 148 authors in summarizing the sustainable management of these forests and detailing the most recent experimental and observational results collected from across the boreal biome. It presents the state of sustainable management in boreal forests and highlights the critical importance of this biome in a context of global change because of these forests' key role in a range of natural processes, including carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, and the maintaining of biodiversity. This book is an essential read for academics, students, and practitioners involved in boreal forest management. It outlines the challenges facing sustainable boreal forest management within the context of climate change and serves as a basis for establishing new research avenues, identifying future research trends, and developing climate-adapted forest management plans.


  • Open Access
  • Boreal Forests and Climate Change
  • Forest Sustainable Management
  • Biome Scale Perspectives and Synthesis
  • Climate Change and Climate Change Impacts
  • Ecology of Boreal Forests
  • Biodiversity and Ecophysiology of Forests

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Quebec in Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Amos, Canada

    Miguel Montoro Girona

  • Département des Sciences fondamentales, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Canada

    Hubert Morin

  • Laurentian forestry Center, Natural resources Canada, Quebec, Canada

    Sylvie Gauthier

  • Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montréal, Canada

    Yves Bergeron

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)