Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world

Ellison David, Morris Cindy E., Locatelli Bruno, Sheil Douglas, Cohen Jane, Murdiyarso Daniel, Gutierrez Victoria, Van Noordwijk Meine, Creed Irena F., Pokorny Jan, Gaveau David L.A., Spracklen Dominick V., Bargués Tobella Aida, Ilstedt Ulrik, Teuling Adriaan, Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot Solomon, Sands David C., Muys Bart, Verbist Bruno, Springgay Elaine, Sugandi Yulia, Sullivan Caroline A.. 2017. Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world. Global Environmental Change, 43 : pp. 51-61.

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Quartile : Outlier, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES / Quartile : Outlier, Sujet : GEOGRAPHY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Abstract : Forest-driven water and energy cycles are poorly integrated into regional, national, continental and global decision-making on climate change adaptation, mitigation, land use and water management. This constrains humanity's ability to protect our planet's climate and life-sustaining functions. The substantial body of research we review reveals that forest, water and energy interactions provide the foundations for carbon storage, for cooling terrestrial surfaces and for distributing water resources. Forests and trees must be recognized as prime regulators within the water, energy and carbon cycles. If these functions are ignored, planners will be unable to assess, adapt to or mitigate the impacts of changing land cover and climate. Our call to action targets a reversal of paradigms, from a carbon-centric model to one that treats the hydrologic and climate-cooling effects of trees and forests as the first order of priority. For reasons of sustainability, carbon storage must remain a secondary, though valuable, by-product. The effects of tree cover on climate at local, regional and continental scales offer benefits that demand wider recognition. The forest- and tree-centered research insights we review and analyze provide a knowledge-base for improving plans, policies and actions. Our understanding of how trees and forests influence water, energy and carbon cycles has important implications, both for the structure of planning, management and governance institutions, as well as for how trees and forests might be used to improve sustainability, adaptation and mitigation efforts. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Forêt, forêt tropicale, Arbre forestier, Ressource en eau, Changement climatique, réduction des émissions, adaptation aux changements climatiques, Cycle du carbone, Cycle hydrologique, Ressource énergétique, séquestration du carbone, Politique forestière, Politique foncière, Utilisation des terres, Gouvernance, Planification régionale, couverture du sol, Couverture végétale

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
P10 - Water resources and management
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
P33 - Soil chemistry and physics

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Ellison David, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SWE) - auteur correspondant
  • Morris Cindy E., INRA (FRA)
  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (PER) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Sheil Douglas, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NOR)
  • Cohen Jane, University of Texas (USA)
  • Murdiyarso Daniel, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Gutierrez Victoria, WeForest (GBR)
  • Van Noordwijk Meine, ICRAF (IDN)
  • Creed Irena F., Western University (CAN)
  • Pokorny Jan, ENKI (CZE)
  • Gaveau David L.A., CIFOR (IDN)
  • Spracklen Dominick V., University of Leeds (GBR)
  • Bargués Tobella Aida, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SWE)
  • Ilstedt Ulrik, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SWE)
  • Teuling Adriaan, Wageningen University (NLD)
  • Gebreyohannis Gebrehiwot Solomon, Addis Ababa University (ETH)
  • Sands David C., Montana State University (USA)
  • Muys Bart, KUL (BEL)
  • Verbist Bruno, KUL (BEL)
  • Springgay Elaine, FA0 (ITA)
  • Sugandi Yulia, Bogor Agricultural University (IDN)
  • Sullivan Caroline A., Southern Cross University (AUS)

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