BACCARA will come up to forest managers' practical expectations while proposing generic outcomes which can be applied to the whole of Europe. Foresters are needing solutions to anticipate the first impacts of climate change and to adapt forest composition and management to the most probable future risks. The project will focus on the local and regional scales and address realistic issues concerning forest biodiversity such as changes in tree species composition and risks of pest or pathogen invasion.
To come up with a more generic understanding of forest biodiversity response to climate change, BACCARA will operate a major conceptual shift by focussing on functional diversity rather than on species richness.
This project will use a risk analysis methodology to reveal the short list of relevant abiotic hazards (e.g. high temperature, severe water deficit, strong winds etc.) and to determine which traits and which threshold values of these traits make forest species communities more vulnerable to these hazards