Extreme events and climate change: the post-disaster dynamics of forest fires and forest storms in Sweden

Lidskog, Rolf and Sjödin, Daniel (2016) Extreme events and climate change: the post-disaster dynamics of forest fires and forest storms in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 31 (2). pp. 148-155. ISSN 0282-7581

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2015.1113308


ABSTRACTHow are extreme events understood in the forest sector? What are the implications of forest professionals' understandings and evaluations of extreme events? These questions are central to this study, which analyses the handling of the largest forest storm and the largest forest fire in modern Swedish history. The theoretical approach is that of risk governance in practice, which stresses that understanding the framings, practices and strategies used by members of professional organizations is pivotal for how disasters are managed. Two interview studies have been conducted with forest professionals involved in the two cases. The analysis shows that there were fundamentally different understandings of the two events and their implications for forestry practice. The storm was seen as an unavoidable natural disaster, but the consequences of future storms were considered possible to mitigate through changed forest practices. The forest fire, on the other hand, was conceptualized as a partly natural and partly man-made disaster, and forestry was seen as having very limited possibilities to reduce the likelihood as well as the consequences of similar events. The different understandings had significant implications for the post-disaster dynamics and for which management practices that were developed. Thus, understanding how extreme events are perceived is crucial to understanding which management practices that emerge in their wake, a topic of growing relevance because climate change is predicted to increase the frequency of forest fires and storms.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: Skogsbruk i klimatförändringens tid > Samhälle
Skogsbruk i klimatförändringens tid > Osäkerhet och risk
Skogsbruk för många olika nyttor > Styrningsmodeller för skogsbruk
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 14:08
URI: https://ffpdb.slu.se/id/eprint/3867

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