Bark beetles and fungi can affect the carbon balance of forests and reduce carbon sequestration in forests. Extensive deforestation can also occur in Finland, as bark beetle damage is already severe in Central Europe and Sweden. Remote sensing and risk modeling are cost-effective methods of preparing for deforestation.
The project will create methods and practices to improve the climate resilience of our forests from a forest health perspective. The results will contribute to adaptation to climate change by developing methods to respond quickly to changes in spruce pest risk. The spatial data sets, models, procedures, instructions and advisory materials produced in the project will enable forest sector actors to operate cost-effectively and co-operate in targeting measures to promote the health of spruce.