The effect of global change on forests

An ever increasing mixture of anthropogenic stressors is acting on ecosystems worldwide. The most important threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of forests include fragmentation and land-use changes, elevated nitrogen inputs via atmospheric deposition and climate change.

Together, they cause 'global change'. The Forest & Nature Lab studies the effects of these global changes on trees and plants in the forest understorey and belowground soil biota of temperate forests across the globe.

Forests cover 32 % of the land surface area of Europe and provide many key ecosystem services.

Our research increases our understanding of how forests respond to global change and helps policy makers and forest managers in developing urgently needed strategies to adapt to global change.


Prof. Kris Verheyen