Adaptation Pathways for Forestry
As Victoria's climate is predicted to become hotter and drier, changes to tree productivity and the occurrence of fire, frosts or pests/diseases may produce negative, and in some cases, positive impacts to forests.
Explore the four themes below to gain an insight into the likely impacts that forests will experience over the coming decades and the adaptation pathways for dealing with them.
A decrease in average rainfall, higher temperatures and increased atmospheric CO2 all have a potential impact on a forest's growth and health.
Longer fire seasons with a higher frequency and severity of fire events are likely as a result of warmer and drier climate.
Drier conditions can lead to a higher frequency and severity of frosts, while warmer conditions will gradually reduce the incidence of frost.
The changing climate will alter the range and dynamic of a number of pest/host interactions.