Adaptive management of Mediterranean Pinus halepensis forests in the face of climate change (LIFE Adapt-Aleppo)
Climate change is expected to have major impacts on the dynamics and future functioning of Mediterranean forest ecosystems. Scenarios indicate an acceleration in the increase of temperature and slight to moderate reductions in precipitation, leading to an overall increase in aridity. Similarly, a higher frequency of extreme events (both high temperatures and low precipitation) is expected, leading to more frequent and severe drought events. Increased water stress associated with longer and more intense droughts can cause changes in mortality and regeneration of plant species, affecting the current range of species and leading to the disappearance and replacement of certain species by others. In addition, certain natural disturbances, such as major forest fires and pest and disease events, are expected to increase in frequency and severity, which may result in major changes in the distribution and composition of forest habitats on a regional scale.
The main objective of this project is to develop new tools aimed at adapting Iberian Aleppo pine forests to climate change and demonstrate their application through forest management actions.