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Research paper: Modelling probability of forest storm damage in different storm types

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Suvanto, S., Henttonen, H.M., Nöjd, P. & Mäkinen, H. (2016). Forest susceptibility to storm damage is affected by similar factors regardless of storm type: Comparison of thunder storms and autumn extra-tropical cyclones in Finland. Forest Ecology and Management 381, 17-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.09.005

ABSTRACT: Wind storms are a major source of disturbance in European forests and changes in climate are expected to further increase the amount of damage. The aim of this study was to compare the factors affecting forest susceptibility to storm damage between two storm types, autumn extra-tropical cyclones and thunder storms, to find out whether similar factors expose forests to damage in storms with different meteorological characteristics. Continue reading

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Research paper: Arctic-alpine vegetation biomass is driven by fine-scale abiotic heterogeneity

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Suvanto, S., le Roux, P.C. & Luoto, M. (2014). Arctic-alpine vegetation biomass is driven by fine-scale abiotic heterogeneity. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 94(4), 549-560. DOI: 10.1111/geoa.12050

ABSTRACT: During recent decades large changes in vegetation biomass have been observed in arctic and alpine areas. While these temporal trends have been clearly linked to changing climatic conditions, the drivers of local spatial variation in biomass are still relatively poorly understood. Thus, we examine the effects of abiotic conditions (topography, soil properties and geomorphological processes) on aboveground vascular plant biomass to understand the determinants of contemporary fine-scale heterogeneity in this variable. Continue reading