Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able:
1) To understand in depth the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.
2) To analyze documented the possible changes and make proposals to address the negative effects, which (proposals) should be incorporated in the management of forest ecosystems.
3) To contribute to the design and development of appropriate forest handling under the light of climate change.
4) To have the background and skills necessary for long-term integrated planning of addressing the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems, by developing a custom management of forest ecosystems.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Climate change and forest vegetation in the past. Methods investigating the impact of climate change on forests in the past.Climatic conditions and historical development of vegetation.
The timeless relationship "climate - forest" in Greece. Recent - modern climate and forest vegetation.
-Methods Investigation of climate change by elements of modern forest vegetation.
-Climate change effect on flora and vegetation. Climate change and forest vegetation in Greece
Effect of climate change on forest changes and population - genetic monitoring and gene pool of threatened forest populations / species; forest populations. Adaptation to climate change; genetic improvement opportunities for durability.
Climate change and its impact on the evolution of forest species. Role and genetic improvement strategies to protect the genetic diversity of forest species, with emphasis on regional populations, in the light of climate change. New technologies and climate change
Effect of climate change on forest regeneration.
Ecology and silviculture of treeline.
Effect of climate change on the structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems
Forestry functions and climate change.
Interaction climate change - forest fires on carbon storage of forest ecosystems and global warming.
Impacts of climate change on insect plagues and fungal diseases on forest ecosystems.
The importance of soil in climate change. Soil management and climate change.
-Quality Of soil and climate change.
-Climate change effect on soil properties.
-Forest soils and climate change.
-Humidity and temperature of the soil and climate change.
-Changes to the efficient use of water and soil nutrients from forest ecosystems as a result of climate change.