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Membres: AitorAmeztegui

Aitor Ameztegui

Chercheur postdoctoral
Quantifying and mapping the impact of climate change on forest productivity in Eastern Canada
Université du Québec à Montréal
Department of Biological Science
141, av. du Président-Kennedy
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H2X 3Y7

Directeur: Christian Messier
Codirecteur: Dominique Gravel

Formation

Brief Project Overview

Forest management all over the world has evolved slowly over the last 40 years to consider the biological and ecological complexity of forest ecosystems. Forestry is now managing this ecosystem as a whole for different ecological, social and economic services. As discussed above, however, the tools used by managers to do so are still very limited and much influenced by the idea of a static forest at equilibrium. Furthermore, natural disturbances as well as environmental, social and economic uncertainties are still little considered. The traditional approach used by forest managers, to reduce these risks and uncertainties, was to simplify the forest by managing mainly one single tree species and to eliminate or reduce as much as possible any possible threats to the target species. Ecologists and forest managers now recognize that such simple solutions to management challenges are rarely sustainable; creativity is needed in designing and implementing more diverse forest management policies for the future. In many regions, the current approach proposed is to manage the forest based on emulating the natural disturbances that have occurred in any given area (Burton et al., 2003; Long 2009). This approach is a large step forward compared to the previous approach based on simplifying the natural forests, but it still does not consider the rapidly changing environment, particularly forests at climatic ecotones.

We will use the theory and a suite of models to evaluate how different silvicultural strategies implemented both at the stand and landscape scales could better mitigate the negative impacts of the changes and uncertainties associated with climate change.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
Thesis

Presentations

Global change in European mountain forests: what if subalpine species refuse to move? Montréal, Canada, 17 April 2014

Scholarships & Awards

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