Four days of technical sessions will focus on key questions related to the interaction between wind and forests.
The in-conference field will focus on forestry in the central North Island. This the main hub for commercial forestry activity in New Zealand and one of the most volcanically active regions in the world. Delegates will experience unique New Zealand forests and landscapes.
The technical sessions will be grouped around the following themes and questions although these may change based on the abstracts received.
Young researchers are urged to submit a full paper or a flash talk. There will be a prize for the best student presentation.
Proposed Session Titles and Questions of Interest
- Developing resilient forests
a. Are multi-structured forests more resilient?
b. Can we breed resilience into trees?
- Interactions between wind and other disturbances e.g. wind/fire, wind/bark beetles, drought/wind
a. How do we manage multiple risks?
b. Can we study disturbances separately and link them together afterwards?
- Coupling spatial and temporal scales
a. How do we link scales from needles and leaves to weather systems and from seconds (turbulence) to months (seasons)
b. Does the scale depend on our interest?
c. Can we treat larger scales just as a background influence without understanding processes?
- Forest and tree management guidance
a. Can we learn from each other (different countries, different silvicultural approaches, different species, and different climates?
b. Are there generic rules?
c. Can we impose a management approach or must management be adapted to the disturbance regime?
- Wind risk in a changing climate
a. Can we do anything?
b. What tools/methods are available to us?
c. How far ahead should we be planning?
- Trees as biological/engineering structures
a. How do we incorporate fatiguing?
b. Are we ignoring acclimation?
c. How does engineering learn from biology and biology from engineering?
- Single trees/group of trees/woodlots/forests
a. Can we use the same tools?
b. Are transitions the key issue?
c. Is spatial scale the most important factor?
- Flash talks. Short talks of maximum 10 minutes for the younger scientists