May 21, 2020
Made entirely from BC wood fibres, this could be the world’s first fully-compostable and biodegradable medical mask to help coronavirus aid.
May 7, 2020
Managing urban landscapes is one of the greatest challenges we face this century. Globally, 60% of the area expected to be urban by 2030 has yet to be built. The effects of this urbanization will undoubtedly reach far beyond the physical boundaries of cities. Accompanied by increased competition for land, unequal distribution of wealth, and often unplanned expansion of urban infrastructure and services, urbanization is also exposing more people to cumulative natural and human-made disturbances, such as floods, wildfires, and heat waves. The state of urban ecosystems and the wellbeing of urban dwellers will greatly depend on the way cities anticipate and prepare for rapid change in the next decade. Urban forests have an important role to play, and considerable scientific effort has focused on their potential to maintain, and improve, urban quality of life.
April 28, 2020
Dr Nicholas Coops is the winner of the 2020 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, the ‘Nobel Prize of the forest sector’ for his ground-breaking work in satellite imagery analysis and its impact on forests’ response to climate change.
April 17, 2020
In order to advance decision making in operational planning, it is vital that forestry professionals use the most advanced tools and technologies. The lack of an intuitive and unified visual analytics platform prevents forestry stakeholders from fully exploiting the potential of data-driven decision-making, and is a barrier to effective multi-objective forest planning across large landscapes. To address this challenge, the Faculty joined forces with LamaZoo, Interfor, and FPInnovations to develop TimberOps, an immersive visual analytics platform to improve operational planning and decision making in forest resource management.
April 15, 2020
Researchers from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry have now shown that seablush, a wildflower of endangered Garry Oak ecosystems throughout the Pacific Northwest, can adapt rapidly to become a large, showy plant over a metre tall where deer are absent, or a diminutive plant only centimeters tall where deer are present, but is nevertheless rapidly driven to extinction where deer are overabundant.
April 1, 2020
Researchers and policy-makers often assume that public preferences for climate change adaptation are positive and stable compared to those of mitigation. However, public judgments about adaptation in natural resource sectors (like forestry) require that people make difficult, value-laden and uncertain trade-offs across complex social-ecological systems.
February 28, 2020
Two UBC Forestry professors have joined forces with a research team working to de-escalate the impact of wildfires caused by climate change.
February 28, 2020
During the 2017 lightning-ignited fires in the Alex Fraser Research Forest, a 10,000-hectare parcel of crown land managed by the Faculty of Forestry to provide teaching and research opportunities. Resources and equipment were immediately deployed to suppress the fires. This included the construction of fireguards, areas strategically cleared of trees and other vegetation that serve as barriers around the perimeter of a wildfire. Fireguards work to stop a fire’s spread by removing all sources of fuel.
February 4, 2020
Finding research-based solutions to decide on the best reforestation practices in regions experiencing dryer and warmer conditions.