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Ecosystem services delivered by tropical forests: regulating services of tropical forests for climate and hydrological cycles

Code: 9781786769008
Oliver Gardi, Bern University of Applied Sciences and School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Switzerland

Chapter synopsis: Global warming is significantly altering the environmental conditions in which forests grow at a global scale. At the local scale, the impact of global warming on forests depends heavily on current forest type and structure, soil conditions and water availability (Figure 1). Managing forests for the provision of ecosystem services requires anticipating how global warming might alter local environmental conditions and how this will affect the forests. Based on this anticipation, measures can be taken to reduce the risks and support forests in their adaption to those anticipated conditions. Such measures should take into account uncertainties and the effect that those measures themselves will have on climatic and other environmental conditions. This chapter aims to contribute to this process by summarizing the current state of knowledge on the interactions between forest ecosystems and the climate system and the way in which forests influence the water cycle.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0074.14
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Forest-climate interactions 3 Forests in the carbon cycle 4 Climate change mitigation in the forestry and timber sector 5 Forests in the water cycle (regional scale) 6 Summary and future trends 7 Where to look for further information 8 References

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