Forests, drought and climate change adaptation symposium

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Murdoch University, Perth
Event Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

There have been widespread climate-induced impacts in natural and plantation forests both within Australia and overseas, and modelling suggests a markedly different future climate. In many regions foresters have always dealt with climate-induced uncertainty and these past experiences may help to deal with future conditions. In addition, new thinking and approaches to forest management may be required.

This symposium will examine how forests respond to climate, past climate mortality in forests and the management responses to those events, and then explore how this aids the development of future climate change adaptation strategies. Invited speakers will make presentations followed by a facilitated panel discussion.

Presentations will include overviews of climate predictions, mechanisms of forest responses to climate, case studies of forest drought and management responses from different regions, current adaptation approaches and a discussion of future approaches. Keynote speakers will come from China, USA and Australia. 

The symposium is funded by the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), through its Primary Industries Adaptation Research Network (PIARN) and Murdoch University. It is open to researchers, forest managers, policy makers and those with an interest in broadening our understanding of forest management under a changing climate.

Contact: Professor Richard Harper, Murdoch University (Convenor),