Northern forests and climate change

Northern hemispheric boreal and temperate forests are important ecosystems and carbon sinks for the planet, but like many land sinks, are being negatively impacted by climate change. This project will analyse and communicate the latest scientific evidence on how climate change is impacting these critical ecosystems and their ability to store carbon.

Project period
April 2023 – December 2024

Swedish Postcode Foundation, AirClim

Climate Action Network


Northern forests are critical, but sometimes overlooked, ecosystems for both biodiversity and storing carbon. By providing a clear overview of available scientific evidence, this project aims to improve understanding and elevate awareness of northern forests in discussions about climate action.

This work will draw on the information and emissions reductions pathways provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report Cycle, as well as more recent scientific literature.

Project outputs will include:
  • A report on how northern hemispheric boreal and selected temperate forests are being impacted by climate change, and what impacts, including tipping points, can be expected at different levels of warming
  • A report on the mitigation effects of temperate and boreal forests and how their role as carbon sinks might be challenged as temperatures rise
  • A guide to the land use, land use change, and forestry rules set out in the Paris Agreement