Forestry Science

Trees do not stand in contrast to their environments, but sense their environments and adjust their form accordingly. Any particular tree expresses its environment, and its environment is, in turn, an expression of the tree. 


State of the world's forests

Scientists reveal 'woodquakes'

The world's most southerly trees 

The most amazing thing about trees     

The world's oldest trees by starlight

These ancient trees have stories to tell

When you give a tree an email address

The Earth has lungs. Watch them breathe

How forest structure influences the water cycle

New information from watching a forest breathe

How trees secretly talk to each other in the forest

Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forests champs 

Sustainabl e forest  biomass: a review of current residue harvesting guidelines  

Specific trees:

The wind in the willows

Genome sequence of the olive tree

How cherry blossoms came to the US

Do palm trees hold the key to immortality?

Pollen can protect mahogany from extinction

Liana diversity explained by clones, disturbances

Stunning 360 pictures reveal tops of giant sequoias

Bishop Pines on Santa Cruz Island: fog and forests

The 5,000 year-old tree that holds clues to life and death

Natural teak forests decline, while plalnted teak forests increase

Distribution of living Cupressaceae reflects the breakup of Pangea

Isolating eucalyptus genes for oils, biofules: the secrets of secretion

Where's the oldest tree on Earth - and will it survive climate change?

Madagascar's sacred trees face existential threats in a changing world

The fight to protect the wworld's most trafficked wild commodity - rosewood

Higher marker density GWAS provides novel insights into genomics of terpene oil in eucalypts

Redwood trees reveal history of West Coast rain, fog, ocean conditions    Video of US redwoods    

Forests and Drought:  

The future of forests

To define future of forests, first define forests

Ultrasond reveals trees' drought-survival secrets

Even California's mighty oaks are dying from drought

Tipping point of conifer forest ecosystem under severe drought

Water, not temperature, limits global forest growth as climate warms

Rising global temperatures accelerate drought-induced forest mortality

Increasing drought stress predicted to challenge vulnerable hydraulic system of plants

Working with plants, soils and water to cool the climate and rehydrate Earth's landscapes

Forests, atmospheric water and an uncertain future: the new biology of the global water cycle

A global overview of drought & heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change forest risks

Forests and Climate Change:

Forests, health and climate change

How will climate change affect trees?    

Forests could be global warming factor

New analysis links tree height to climate

Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world

Forests in a water limited world under climate change

Study fibds that forest protection is key to reliable rainfall

Scientists seek out forest traditions in climate change fight 

Changing atmosphere affects how much water trees need

How pine beetles can predict the future of climate changes

In forests, climate change brings complicated cosequences

Trees on tundra’s border are growing faster in a hotter climate

Deforestation of sandy soils a greater threat to climate change

The fate of trees: how climate change may alter forests worldwide

Polluters are using forests as 'carbon offsets'. Climate change has other plans

Adaptation of forests and people to climate change - a global assesment report

How anthropogenic emissions interact with organic compounds emitted by trees

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood

Synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation in forest landscape restoration

Securing rights, combating climate change: strengthening community forest rights mitigates climate change

Forests, Carbon Sources or Sinks, and Carbon Storage:

A carbon sink that can't be filled

Palm oil massive source of CO2

The carbon footprint of flowering trees

Trees trade carbon among each other

Trees continue to grow at a faster rate

Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

The carbon costs of global wood harvests 

Variations in carbon storage among tree species

Tropical forests are losing their ability to soak up carbon

Drivers of GHGs from standing dead trees in ghosts forests

Global warming may affect the capacity of trees to store carbon

Oldest trees are growing faster, storing more carbon as they age

NASA study finds tropical forests' ability to absorb CO2 is waning

Increased atmospheric CO2 makes trees use water more effiiciently

A forest by any other name? Semantics, carbon implications, and solutions

The impact of tree age on biomass growth and carbon accumulation capacity 

Asynchronous carbon sink saturation in African and Amazonian tropical forests

The biggest trees capture the most carbon - large trees dominate carbon storage in forests

As climate changes, Boreal forests to shift north and relinquish more carbon than expected

Global tree cover and biomass on agricultural land: the contribution of agroforestry to carbon budgets

Managing forests because carbon matters: integrating energy, products, and land management policy

Forests and their sub-soils:

Forests and landslides

Trees: more than just carbon sinks

Satellite images uncover underground forest fungi

UN project shows how trees help halt desertification

New tool offers unprecedented access for root studies

Soil's microbial market shows the ruthless side of forests

Tree roots in the mountains act like thermostat for global climate  

Temperate forest soils may be poor carbon store in elevated CO2 world

Rising carbon dioxide in atmosphere also speeds carbon loss from forest soils

Higher subsoil carbon storage in species-rich than species-poor temperate forests

Forest succession, soil carbon accumulation & rapid nitrogen storage in poorly remineralized soil matter

Poleward expansion of mangroves is a threshold response to decreased frequency of extreme cold events

Forest fires:

Study suggests climate change limits forest recovery after wildfires

Low-intensity fires mitigate the risk of high-intenisty wildfires in California's forests

Data base support for simple models of post-fire tree mortality for thick-barked conifers

Forest Loss:

Worldwide loss of interior forest

Climate change cripples forests

Only two intact forests left on Earth

World's primary forests 'on the brink'

World forest area still on the decline

How fast is the world losing its forests?

The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Forests most likely to continue shrinking

Forest losses increase local temperatures

New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

Forest mortality and climate change: the big picture 

Satellite technology yields new forest loss estimates 

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests

World's giant trees are dying off rapidly, studies show

Deforestation is messing with our weather and our food

Large trees - key climate indicators - die first in a drought

One of the most resilient trees on Earth is dying in droves

Storm damage to forests costs billions - here's how AI can help

Study forecast disappearance of conifers due to climate change

Researchers find the world's forests are fragmenting at a quick pace       

Deforested areas are highly susceptible to drastic temperature changes

Forest loss in protected areas and intact forest landscapes: a global analyses   

NASA-USGS Landsat data yield best view to date of global forest losses. gains

An assessment of deforestation and forest degradation drivers in developing countries

An evoutionary ecology perspective to address forest pathology challenges of today and tomorrow

New global 'ratings agency' ranks the 500 institutions that have the power to end deforestation by 2020

Forest Mapping:

Global Forest Map

Mapping the world's forests in 3D

Citizen science maps global forests

International network to spy on trees

A LIDAR's-eye view of how forests are faring

Russia home to largest number of trees globally

New forest land classification data set launched

Seeing the forest and the trees, all 3 trillion of them

Wood wide web: 'trees' social networks are mapped

Landsat sets the standard for maps of world's forests

Mapping forest canopy height globally with spaceborne lidar

New map of palm oil plantations could help save rain forests

A national and international analysis of changing forest density

Found: 'lost' forests covering an area 2/3rds the size of Australia

Satellites help scientists see forests for the trees amid climate change

Global characterization and monitoring of forest cover using Landsat data

Mapping tropical forest trees using high-resolution aerial digital photographs

Mapping tropical disturbed forests using multi-decadal 30m optical satellite imagery

The Forest Observation System, buildiing a global reference dataset for remote sensing of forest biomass

Forest restoration:

Global tree restoration potential

'Come out of the forests' to save the trees 

Comment on "The global tree restoration potential"

Forest dynamics:

Efficiency in the forest 

How do trees go to sleep?

Engineers design 'tree-on-a-chip'

Warm winters let trees sleep longer

How forest structure drives productivity

10+ amazing examples of 'crown shyness' 

The protective layer of prehistoric land plants

Trees' surprising role in the boreal water cycle    

A forect 'glow' reveals awakening from hibernation 

Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

Long-term changes in dead wood reveal new forest dynamics

Trees employ similar strategies to out compete their neighbors

Winter's over and it's time to grow again - how does a tree know? 

Geological respiration of a mountain belt revealed by the trace element rhenium

Data-based deficit approach to understanding climate extremes and forest carbon assimilation capacity 

A generic 3D finite element model of tree anchorage with soil mechanics and real root system architecture

Symmetric self-similarity in trees predicts hydraulics, mechanics, light interception and metabolic scaling 

Tree pests & diseases:

Insect infestations alter forest carbon cycle

Every forest biome is actively dying right now

Rising concerns over tree pests and diseases

Sudden oak death taking a toll on US West Coast

Diseased trees are a source of climate-changing gas

DNA fingerprinting to understand the immunity of trees

A mysterious new pest has scientists sounding the alarm

As climate warms, bark beetles march on high-elevation forests

Beetle-infested pine trees contribute to air pollution and haze in forests

Death of hemlock trees yields new life for hardwood trees, but at what cost to the ecosystem?     

Tropical Forests:

Tropical forests 'better managed'

Saving tropics could cut emissions   

Tropical forests 're-shaped' by climate changes    

Deforestation monitoring method for tropical regions

Tropical ecosystems boost CO2 as temperatures rise

Multiple use management of tropical production forests

Humid tropical forest disturbance alerts using Landsat data

Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

Effects of past tropical deforestation will be felt for years to come

Detailed vegetation height estimates across the tropics released

Coffee pulp accelerates early tropical forest succession on old fields

Tropical forest ecosystem response to increasing nutrient availability

Climate polices alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests

Tropical forests and climate change: filling knowledge gaps in a different way

Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation

Felling of tropical trees has soared, satellite shows, not slowed as UN study found

Forest and agroecosystem tradeoffs in the humid tropics (tropical forest margins)



Rainforest Facts    

Loss of tropical forests reduces rain

There's a limit to the rainforest's carbon storage abilities

Where does moisture come from over  the Congo Basin?

Researchers discover evidence of rainforest resilience to global warming

Clearing rainforests distorts wind and water, packs climate wallop beyond carbon

Seeing the forest from the trees - identifying critical life stages for rainforest diversity 




Estimating the Opportunity Costs of REDD

Alternatives to slash and burn (ASB) programme

Exploring the biophysical option space for feeding the world without deforestation

New study suggests global pacts Like REDD ignore primary causes of destruction of forests

How countries link REDD+ intervaentions to drivers in their readiness plans: implications for monitoring  

Tree leaves:

Cloud forest trees drink water through their leaves

Leaf vein architecture solves mysteries, allows predictions of past climate

Tree canopies: 

Canopy structure explains supposed link between leaf nitrogen and climate

Wood growing and wood products:

Superwood could replace steel

Forest model predicts canopy competition

Mimicking wood's ultrastructure with 3D printing

A.I. Timber:the future of sustainable construction

One tree's architecture reveals secrets of a forest  

Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood

A fast, scalable approach to making wood transparent

Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp

Researchers have now made wood that you can fold and mold

Model forecasts long-term impacts of forest land-use decisions

Using sphere packing models to explain the structure of forests

Modelling water uptake in wood opens up new design framework

Staying in shape: how wood chemistry relates to structural stability

Measuring, monitoring, and verification of carbon benefits for forest-based projects

Forestry Economics:

Paying for forests has multiple benefits

Recognizing the economic benefits of Nature

Richer forest biodiversity could rake in billions

Forestry insurance: a largely untapped potential   

Bankers take centre stage in fight to save rainforests

What's the value of afforestation and bioenergy CCS?

Sustainable forst biomass: a review of current residue harvesting guidelines

Forest Palentology:

World's oldest known fossil forest found in quarry in upper New York state

Illegal wood trade:

The 'timber detectives' on the front lines of the illegal wood trade


South America:

Seeing the forest for the trees

Drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

Brazil passes 'retrograde' forest code

The Amazon is burning at record rates

Tree rings go with the flow of the Amazon

Seeing the Amazon's future through the fog

Forests and climate change in Latin America

Amazon's canopy chemistry is a patchwork quilt 

Untangling Brazil's controversial new forest code

Forest carbon monitoring breakthrough in Colombia

Africa's earth, wind and fire keep the Amazon green

Amazon's carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply 

Deforestation could exacerbate drought in the Amazon

Forging fire resilience on Amazon forest fringes in Peru 

Fossils of ancient Australasian trees found in Patagonia

Modeling Amazonian transitional forest micrometeorology

Amazon deforestation could mean drought for western US

Iconic Australasian trees found as fossils in South America

Visit the Amazon on World Forest Day with Google's Streetview

Mass tree deaths prompt fears of Amazon 'climate tipping point'

Amazon rain forests responds quickly to extreme climate events

In a besieged Amazon, people take up cameras to save their land

Fire and drought may push Amazonian forest beyond tipping point

NASA satellites detect extensive drought impact on Amazon forests 

Warming climate unlikely to cause extinction of ancient Amazon trees

Amazon rainforest was shaped by an ancient hunger for fruits and nuts

Why did Mayan civilization collapse? Deforestation and climate change

Pronounced loss of Amazon rain forest resilience since the early 2000s

Land cover dynamics following a deforestation ban in northern Costa Rica

Forests and climate change in Latin America: linking adaptation and mitigation

Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in reguating atmospheric chemistry

Land use patterns and related carbon losses following deforestation in South America

Carbon emissions from deforestation and forest fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon

Satellite observation of tropical forect seasonality: Spatial patterns of carbon exchange in Amazonia

Integrating ecosystem- and community-based adaptation: lessons from model forests in Latin America

Our 'tropical' Arctic

North America:

California redwoods

US evergreens at risk

Wildfire and pine beetles

Urban forests of Tennessee

Heat & drought are killing our forests

US Forest Service engagement service

US forest products in the global economy 

Tree die-off triggered by hotter temperatures

US polar vortex brings Big Chill to forest pests

Study reveals how Eastern US forests came to be

The beetles: 89 million acres of abrupt climate change

Increasing drought now threatens nearly all US forests

Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the USA

Tens of millions of trees in danger from California drought

Guidelines for regenerating Southern US pine beetle spots

Forest srvice scientists improve US forest carbon accounting

Caliifornia: wamer, drier climate forests altering forests statewide

Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so

Conservationists clone massive redwood tree to fight climate change

Chronic 2000-04 drought , worst in 800 years, may be the new normal

US: central hardwood ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis

Carbon stocks of trees killed by bark beetles and wildfire in the western US

Eradication of 'sudden oaka death' disease is no longer possible in California

Forests for water: exploring payments for watershed services in the US South

Dying trees in Southwest US set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River

Carbon storage and sequestration by trees in urban and community areas of the US

Mapping and modeling within-tree variation for loblolly pine pulp yield and lignin content

Science synthesis to support forest plan revision in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades

Drunken trees and browning forests: why a Canadian government scientist is sounding the alarm

In the American West, a battle unfolds over bugs, climate change and the fate of an iconic species

Climate change and the impact of forest diseases on ecosystems in the Western United States and Canada

Russia & Central Asia:

Birthplace of the modern apple

Siberian larch forests are still linked to the ice age


Swiss Forests

Siberian Forests

State of Europe's Forests 2011

The Swiss people and their forests

Reviving extinct Mediterranean forests

Joining the dots in EU forestry research 

EU: preparing forests for climate change

New project maps out UK woodland biodiversity

Italy's olive trees are dying - can they be saved?

Developing a forest naturalness indicator for Europe

Significant humus loss in forests of the Bavarian Alps

Europe burns a contraversial 'renewable' energy source 

Carbon implications of forest restitution in post-socialist Romania

Green corridors needed to reconnect Europe's fragmented forests 

Valuing forest recreation in Europe: time and spatial considerations

Guidance to report on land use, land-use change and forestry emissions

How to live with mega-fires? Portugals's feral forests may hold the secret

Forest prooductivity in SW Europe is controlled by coupled NAO and AMO 

Increasing canopy mortality affects the future demographic structure of Europe's forests 

500 years of regional forest growth variability and links to climatic extreme events in Europe

Phenological shifts induced by climate change amplify drought for low alt. broad-leaved trees in Switzerland


Mekong deforestation app

Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific 

Indonesia's rapid deforestation continues

Forests and Climate Change in the Near East Region

Drought makes Borneo's trees flower at the same time

Case study on tree crop diversity in China, Nepal and Pakistan

As climate change shrinks the Sundarbans, lives are washed away

Rain forests in Far East shaped by humans for the last 11,000 years 

The Changes in China's Forests: An Analysis Using the Forest Identity

China's forest recovery shows hope for mitigating global climate change

Biodiversity protected areas in Indonesia ineffective in preventing deforestation 

Super-charged tropical trees: Borneo's productive trees vitally important for global carbon cycling 

Building an effective coalition to improve forest policy: lessons from the coastal Tripa, Sumatra, Indonesia


Africa's Great Green Wall project

Big data reveals best carbon stocking locations

Africa's rainforests 'more resilient' to climate change

Super high-resolution carbon estimates for endangered Madagascar

Unsustainable fuelwood extraction from South African savannas

Linking forests, deforestation, and nutritional outcomes: a study in 9 African countries

Satellite-based primary forest degradation assessment in the DR  of Congo, 2000-2010    

National-scale estimation of gross forest above ground carbon loss: a case study of the DRC


Dead tree detective

Gold grows on eucalyptus trees

Eucalyptus - a global tree for fuel and fiber

The Nullarbor Plain's ancient forests revealed

Gilding the gum tree - scientists strike gold in leaves

Australian species face 'imminent extinction' from from invasive pathogen

Entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. Is it the start of ecosystem collapse?