About this Research Topic
Meeting the Paris Agreement goals requires both phasing out fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improving land management to increase carbon sequestration by terrestrial ecosystems. Forests play a significant role in both strategies. On the one hand, wood-based materials and fuels can replace more carbon-intensive products and lower the impact of energy and material production in several sectors of human activities. On the other hand, land-based climate mitigation can deliver substantial carbon sequestration by a wide range of natural-based solutions: conservation of carbon-rich forest sinks and soils, afforestation and reforestation, improved forest management, and natural disturbance mitigation.
Some of these activities are at odds with one another and require a deep and complex understanding and an accurate prediction of carbon trade-offs at various spatial and temporal scales. This Research Topic aims to bring together a collection of outstanding papers that explore the full complexity of factors and strategies that need to be put in place to maximize climate change mitigation in the forestry sector, from local to regional and global scales, without jeopardizing other key ecosystem functions and services.
Observational, remote-sensing and modeling studies will be accepted, as long as they contain a rigorous and systemic assessment of all effects of different forestry options on climate change mitigation.
Keywords: climate change, forest management, forest modelling, climate smart forestry, mitigation
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