Impacts of business-as-usual management on ecosystem services in European mountain ranges under climate change

Harald Bugmann, Thomas Cordonnier, Heimo Truhetz, Manfred J. Lexer

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Abstract

Mountain forests provide a multitude of services beyond timber production. In a large European project (ARANGE—Advanced multifunctional forest management in European mountain RANGEs), the impacts of climate change and forest management on ecosystem services (ES) were assessed. Here, we provide background information about the concept that was underlying the ARANGE project, and its main objectives, research questions, and methodological approaches are presented. The project focused on synergies and trade-offs among four key ES that are relevant in European mountain ranges: timber production, carbon storage, biodiversity conservation, and protection from gravitational natural hazards. We introduce the concept and selection of case study areas (CSAs) that were used in the project; we describe the concept of representative stand types that were developed to provide a harmonized representation of forest stands and forest management in the CSAs; we explain and discuss the climate data and climate change scenarios that were applied across the seven CSAs; and we introduce the linker functions that were developed to relate stand- and landscape-scale forest features from model simulations to ES provisioning in mountain forests. Finally, we provide a brief overview of the Special Feature, with an attempt to synthesize emerging response patterns across the CSAs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ARANGE project
  • Climate impact assessment
  • Decision support
  • Mountain regions

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