Forest Health (NR782/882)





Forests cover over 30% of the land surface of the Earth and are incredibly important ecologically and economically, as well as to the health of the planet.  While forests show great capacity to withstand even major disturbances, these ecosystems are increasingly threatened worldwide by climate change, native and introduced insects and disease, poor management practices, land clearing, drought, fire, and pollution.  This course offers an overview of the dominant threats and their causes and consequences.  Particular focus is directed toward methods of monitoring and detection, quantification of impacts and on strategies of management and mitigation.