Vulnerability index

Some of the structures and species assemblages that occur in mature stands (and the processes that generate them) are linked to an increased resilience, and can be used as a reference in management models aimed at improving the adaptive capacity of forests at younger stages of development. These include:

  • The greatest diversity of tree species with different and complementary functions
  • The coexistence of individuals of different age groups
  • The existence of clearings and discontinuities in the canopy.
  • Large decaying trunks
  • More species tolerant to drought conditions
  • At RedBosques_Clima we identify quantitative indicators of these attributes, which will result in a Vulnerability Index. It will allow us to assess the vulnerability of any given forest stand, and identify the aspects in which it is possible to improve adaptation capacity.

How do we assess mature forests?