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Palle Madsen

Palle Madsen

Professor MSO

Scientific focus areas
Forest regeneration, forest restoration, forest adaptation, forest mitigation, biomass, silviculture, integrated management of forests and ungulates. H-index (Web of Science): 12.

Research profile
I have been involved in silvicultural research, development, dissemination and implementation of scientific results related to forest management, silviculture, forest regeneration and forest restoration for more than 25 years. Initially, I focussed my research on the ecological factors that control forest regeneration success (i.e. survival of seed and seedlings, saplings and young trees) including e.g. light, moisture, competition, deer, and rodents.  

It has been important for me to combine forest science with tests and development of silvicultural methods and approaches in close co-operation with forest managers to strengthen the practical implementation and relevance.

Gradually, I have added other fields of research to my activities over the past 10-15 years. My expanding international forest research network - particularly within the IUFRO as well as within Nordic and Baltic research projects. Forest regeneration and restoration under climate change has climbed my research agenda including the forests role and potential to contribute to the sustainable development of our modern societies.

I believe that a strong science based platform of knowledge and experience is essential to develop and inform forest management and forest landscape restoration practitioners as well as the public and decision makers. Globally, forests provide the largest contribution to renewable energy and resource systems. Forests and trees provide biomass for energy, pulp etc. as well as wood for climate friendly buildings, homes and many other essential products. Our world society urgently needs a transformation away from fossil fuel dependency and into a bio-economy depending on renewables. Forests must also possess a strong adaptation capacity to the changing climate and against diseases to provide the whole range of important ecosystem services now and in the future. In addition to the climate change mitigation capacity, these services include habitats for biodiversity and wildlife, food, water, shelter etc. As such a key challenge for forest restoration and regeneration efforts is cost-effective and successful establishment of all relevant tree species of high genetic quality and diversity to secure the proper supply of ecosystem services of our forests in an unknown future.

I have authored or co-authored 18 peer-reviewed scientific papers, five reviewed book chapters, and more than110 popular articles, management guidelines, leaflets, reports, proceedings and other outputs. I have been the co-editor of three books on forest restoration and forest landscape restoration.

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