Forestry is an important employer in British Columbia. In addition to ecological impacts on forests, climate change in BC will have impacts on the social and economic activities around the forestry sector. In addition to exploring how BC’s 55 million hectares of forests will be impacted by climate change, this project will focus on approaches that can contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This project will design, evaluate and recommend potential climate change mitigation strategies comprised of activities aimed at reducing GHG emissions and increasing sinks through forest management, afforestation, forest conservation and through the use of harvested wood products that can both store carbon and displace emissions-intensive materials such as concrete and steel, and displace fossil fuels used in heating and transportation. The project will evaluate impacts on GHG balances, the associated costs of mitigation activities, as well as other socio-economic indicators. The project will involve stakeholders in government, industry, ENGOs, First Nations, and the public. The project team will include experts from universities and federal and provincial governments. The project has three research themes: mitigation options, ecosystem risks and policy and finance.
Project lead: Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
- BC public supports forest rehab to address climate change
- Stepping up to tackle climate change: options for the BC forestry sector
- Managing BC’s forest sector to mitigate climate change: future options for emissions reductions
- Scientists: Thriving BC forests outpace pine-beetle CO2 losses by 2020
- Can BC forests help keep climate change in check?
- Adam Stirling interviews Werner Kurz on climate change impacts on BC forest fires
- Kirk LaPointe interviews Werner Kurz on BC forest management strategies for GHG emissions reductions
- Rethink everything about forests, wood products, climate studies say
- BC forests capturing carbon again - CBC Quirks and Quarks
- B.C.'s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly, says researcher - Vancouver Metro
- Bruce Kenyon interviews Dr. Werner Kurz on impacts to BC forests from mountain pine beetle - CHRQ News Talk 770
- Growth Of BC Forests Should Out-Pace Pine Beetle Losses By 2020 - The ECOReport
- British Columbia's forests once affected by beetle epidemic are recovering - maine news online
- Global warming induced ‘fertilization effect’ causing B.C.’s forests to grow back faster than expected - The National Post
- B.C.'s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly, says researcher - The Province
- B.C.’s mountain pine beetle-ravaged forests quickly on the mend: UVic study - Global News
Theme 1: Mitigation options
- Climate change mitigation strategies in the forest sector: biophysical impacts and economic implications in British Columbia, Canada. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
- Climate change mitigation through forest sector activities: principles, potential and priorities
- The potential contribution of British Columbia’s forest sector to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets: Final Report from PICS Workshop– December 16-17 2013
Theme 2: Ecosystem Risks
- Spatial and Temporal Variability of Potential Evaporation across North American Forests. Hydrology.
- Increasing net ecosystem biomass production of Canada's boreal and temperate forests despite decline in dry climates. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. (A plain language summary of this paper also available)
- Relationships between individual-tree mortality and water-balance variables indicate positive trends in water stress-induced tree mortality across North America. Global Change Biology
- Potential near-future carbon uptake overcomes losses from a large insect outbreak in British Columbia, Canada. Geophysical Research Letters.
- Spatially and temporally continuous estimates of annual total nitrogen deposition over North America, 1860-2013, Data in Brief.
- Statistical performance and behaviour of environmentally-sensitive composite models of lodgepole pine growth. Forest Ecology and Management.
Theme 3: Policy Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement
- Public perceptions about climate change mitigation in British Columbia’s forest sector. PLOS One.
- A Participatory Approach to Evaluating Strategies for Forest Carbon Mitigation in British Columbia. Forests.
- Forest carbon mitigation policy: A policy gap analysis for British Columbia. Forest Policy and Economics.
- Primer: Evaluating options for managing British Columbia’s forest sector to mitigate climate change
- Public perceptions about climate change mitigation in British Columbia’s forest sector.
- A participatory approach to evaluating strategies for forest carbon mitigation in British Columbia
Managing BC’s forest sector to mitigate climate change: future options for emissions reductions - Watch the event recording
Climate change mitigation strategies in the forest sector - Watch the event recording (note: recording requires free download of Adobe Connect)
Blog Posts & Infographics:
- Blog: A systems approach to forest carbon accounting
- Infographic: Applying a systems approach to forest carbon
- Blog: Mitigation strategies for the forest sector and their effectiveness in BC
- Infographic: Mitigation strategies for the forest sector and their effectiveness in BC
- Blog: Climate change impacts on forest growth and mortality
- Infographic: Climate change impacts on forest growth and mortality