Forests in climate change
Von Tanja Sanders and Andreas Bolte | 12.05.2022
Which tree species and provenances are particularly suitable for adapting forests to climate change? In view of the drought damage of recent years, this question is of high practical relevance.
At the Thünen Institute, we are investigating the extent to which trees can adapt to climate change. We do this in long-term field trials, breeding programmes and under controlled conditions in greenhouses and climate chambers. In addition, we are using genetic inventories to investigate the extent to which forests can adapt naturally to climate change.
By analyzing tree rings, we are investigating changes in climate-growth relationships and screening stems to detect altered wood properties.
In 2019, the Thünen Institute has developed a concept for a National Forest Adaptation Network. An important part of the work is to bring together the many individual findings on the adaptation status and adaptation potential of today's forests systematically and evaluate them scientifically.
Thus, for us, looking into the future is always also looking into the past.