Thinning decreases above-ground biomass increment in central European beech forests but does not change individual tree resistance to climate events

Bosela, Michal and Štefančík, Igor and Marčiš, Peter and Rubio Cuadrado, Álvaro and Lukac, Martin (2021). Thinning decreases above-ground biomass increment in central European beech forests but does not change individual tree resistance to climate events. "Agricultural And Forest Meteorology", v. 306 (n. 108441); ISSN 0168-1923. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108441.

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Title: Thinning decreases above-ground biomass increment in central European beech forests but does not change individual tree resistance to climate events
Author/s:
  • Bosela, Michal
  • Štefančík, Igor
  • Marčiš, Peter
  • Rubio Cuadrado, Álvaro
  • Lukac, Martin
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Agricultural And Forest Meteorology
Date: 15 August 2021
ISSN: 0168-1923
Volume: 306
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: climate-smart-forestry, carbon uptake, drought, Fagus sylvatica, thinning, tree ring
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Montes, Forestal y del Medio Natural (UPM)
Department: Sistemas y Recursos Naturales
UPM's Research Group: Sistemas Naturales e Historia Forestal
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Abstract

European beech plays a prominent role in the adaptation of European forests to and mitigation of climate change. Forest management may increase the mitigation potential of beech forests by accelerating carbon accumulation in tree biomass, but little is known about the interaction between the rate of biomass expansion in beech and its sensitivity to climate variation or its resistance to extreme drought episodes. A 60-year thinning experiment in beech forests in Central Europe was used to generate tree-ring width series describing past radial growth of dominant, co-dominant and sub-dominant beech trees. Randomisation applied to daily climate data was used to find the period of the year during which climate best explains beech growth. Results show that carbon uptake by above-ground biomass is higher in unmanaged stands and that thinning does not affect beech growth sensitivity to climate. Further, this study shows that average daily temperature amplitude and precipitation in March-July are the best predictors of radial growth in beech at lower-elevation sites. In a key finding, this research shows that site quality and thinning intensity increase tree size, which in turn lowers their resistance to drought. Using forest management to increase the productivity of European beech may thus increase its vulnerability to climate change.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
UnspecifiedAPVV-15-0032UnspecifiedIgor ŠtefančíkZhodnotenie rastu, štruktúry a hodnotovej produkcie bukových porastov pod dlhodobým vplyvom rozdielnych manažmentových opatrení (Evaluación del crecimiento, la estructura y la producción de valor de los rodales de haya bajo la influencia a largo plazo de diferentes medidas de gestión)
UnspecifiedAPVV-15-0265UnspecifiedMichal BoselaModelovanie rastu drevín v lesných ekosystémoch Karpát pri variantných scenároch klimatických zmien (Modelización del crecimiento de los árboles en los ecosistemas forestales de los Cárpatos en diferentes escenarios de cambio climático)
UnspecifiedAPVV-18-0195UnspecifiedMichal BoselaEkonomická optimalizácia modelov cieľového stavu prírode blízkych lesov (Optimización económica de los modelos de estado objetivo de los bosques cercanos a la naturaleza)
UnspecifiedAPVV-19-0183UnspecifiedMichal BoselaVzťah medzi produkciou biomasy a biodiverzitou v jedľovo-bukových lesoch vplyvom meniacich sa environmentálnych podmienok (Relación entre la producción de biomasa y la biodiversidad en los bosques de abetos y hayas debido a las cambiantes condiciones ambientales)
UnspecifiedCA15226CLIMOMichal BoselaCOST Action Climate-Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions
UnspecifiedCZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/0000803EVA4.0Martin LukacAdvanced research supporting the forestry and wood processing sector´s adaptation to global change and the 4th industrial revolution

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Item ID: 67251
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/67251/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:67251
DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108441
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108441
Deposited by: Álvaro Rubio Cuadrado
Deposited on: 26 May 2021 05:34
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 05:34
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