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Wielgolaski FE, Laine K, Inkeröinen J, Skre O (2017) Enhancing the resilience capacity of sensitive mountain forest ecosystems under environmental change (SENSFOR). Clim Res 73:3-6.

Enhancing the resilience capacity of sensitive mountain forest ecosystems under environmental change (SENSFOR)

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Author: Wielgolaski, F. E.1; Laine, K.2; Inkeröinen, J.2;
Organizations: 1Department of Bioscience, University of Oslo, PO Box 1066 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
2Thule Institute, University of Oulu, PO Box 7300, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
3Skre Nature and Environment, Fanaflaten 4, 5244 Fana, Norway
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Inter-Research Science Center, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-11-02


The treeline ecotone and all treeline ecosystems (i.e. mountain forests) are important indicators of environmental change. They are heavily affected by environmental drivers, in particular by changes in climate and in land use (the latter change often being land abandonment, resulting in natural reforestation). The Europe COST Action ES1203 (Enhancing the resilience capacity of SENSitive mountain FORest ecosystems under environmental change; SENSFOR) initiative focused on treeline ecosystems in relation to such changes. SENSFOR evaluated drivers and the extent of contemporary and future environmental changes in European mountain forests, and developed methods for estimating forest resilience and defining the consequences for society. The outcome of the SENSFOR initiative provides a scientific basis on which management strategies can be developed and adjusted in cooperation with regional and local stakeholders. In addition, SENSFOR provides recommendations for policy makers at European and national levels. Through application of the DPSIR (Driver, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) framework, the findings of the SENSFOR network (consisting of 24 countries) contribute to strategy development for ecosystem service preservation and biodiversity conservation in sensitive European treeline areas.

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Series: Climate research. Interactions of climate with organisms, ecosystems and human societies
ISSN: 0936-577X
ISSN-E: 1616-1572
ISSN-L: 0936-577X
Volume: 73
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 3 - 6
DOI: 10.3354/cr01482
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1172 Environmental sciences
Copyright information: © The authors 2017. Open Access under Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. Use, distribution and reproduction are unrestricted. Authors and original publication must be credited.