Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-2259-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-2259-2016
Research article
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17 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 17 Oct 2016

Heavy snow loads in Finnish forests respond regionally asymmetrically to projected climate change

Ilari Lehtonen, Matti Kämäräinen, Hilppa Gregow, Ari Venäläinen, and Heli Peltola

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We studied the impact of projected climate change on the risk of snow-induced forest damage in Finland. Although winters are projected to become milder over the whole of Finland, our results suggest than in eastern and northern Finland the risk may increase while in southern and western parts of the country it is projected to decrease. This indicates that there is increasing need to consider the potential of snow damage in forest management in eastern and northern Finland.
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