Conference Announcements

NAFSC 2018

13th North American Forest Soils Conference (NAFSC) 2018

Sun, 10 Jun 2018 – Thu, 14 Jun 2018

The 13th North American Forest Soils Conference is being held jointly with the 9th International Symposium on Forest Soils in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of the Historic District of Old Québec in the spring of 2018. We cordially invite you to consider participating in this conference

We invite presentations on research using field trials, laboratory investigations, long-term monitoring experiments and ecosystem modelling studies that address the conference theme and sub-themes. If possible, presentations should include a statement of the forest management implications of the work. The conference sub-themes are intended to encourage submissions with broad representation of the various soils-forests regions of North America and internationally.

Thematic Sessions

  1. The role of forests and forest soils in climate change adaptation and mitigation
    This session will examine forest C and nutrient cycling and soil C sequestration under a changing climate. Research focused on the response of soil processes on upland and wetland forests to climate change and best management practices to protect soil carbon stocks will be included in this session.
  2. Fire effects on forest soils
    This session will examine fire effects on soil processes and the consequences of changing fire regimes on forest soils. Research evaluating how changes in soil processes due to fire impacts affects vegetation communities, carbon and nutrient cycling, and water quality will be included in this session.
  3. Management practices, land-use change and soil-forest productivity
    This session will examine the effects of forest management and changing land cover type on soil productivity and biodiversity. Research focusing on intensive biomass harvesting, land reclamation and evaluating site sensitivity to soil degradation will be included in this session.
  4. Technological advances in forest soils research
    This session will examine how new emerging technologies have made a difference in the management of forests and forest soils. Advances in research methods from the molecular (soil microbiome, DNA extractions, qPCR) to the landscape (remote sensing, LIDAR, digital soil mapping) level will be included in this session.
  5. Forest soil monitoring networks and environmental change: successes and challenges
    This session will examine the design, implementation and results from national, regional and local forest soil monitoring programs. Soil resampling protocols, methodological issues and the significance of these networks in the monitoring of soil under large-scale environmental change will be included in this session.
  6. Societal change and forest soils: a balancing act
    This session will examine the challenge of balancing the changing expectations of society with scientific knowledge to form policies, regulations and practices for sustainable forest soil management. Changes in forest soil science research emphasis, such as development of soil health indicators and quantification of ecosystem services, will be highlighted. Communication and outreach strategies that translate research results into science policy that meet current and future needs will be included in this session.

Call for Abstracts

We invite oral, poster and poster/rapid fire presentations on research using field trials, laboratory investigations, long-term monitoring experiments and ecosystem modelling studies that address the conference theme and sub-themes. If possible, presentations should include a statement of the forest management implications of the work. The conference themes are intended to encourage submissions with broad representation of the various soils-forests regions of North America and internationally.

  1. The role of forests and forest soils in climate change adaptation and mitigation
  2. Fire effects on forest soils
  3. Management practices, land-use change and soil-forest productivity
  4. Technological advances in forest soils research
  5. Forest soil monitoring networks and environmental change: successes and challenges
  6. Societal change and forest soils: a balancing act

Poster presentations will be included in a traditional poster session. Poster/rapid fire presentations will be part of the poster session and an oral session where authors will give a short overview (3 minutes) of their poster content. Fill out the oral, poster and poster/rapid fire presentation abstract submission form before January 31st, 2018. Conference presenters will be invited to contribute to a special issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal dedicated to the conference proceedings.

 


Centre for Forest Research
paul.hazlett@canada.ca
Conference Website: http://www.cef-cfr.ca/index.php?n=Colloque.NAFSC-ISFS2018
Hôtel Château Laurier

1220 Place George V O, QC G1R 5B8
Ville de Québec, Ville de Québec
Canada