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Pests, wind and fire: A multi-hazard risk review for natural disturbances in forests

Félix Bastit, Marielle Brunette and Claire Montagné-Huck

Ecological Economics, 2023, vol. 205, issue C

Abstract: Natural disturbances are paramount in the development of ecosystems but may jeopardise the provision of forest ecosystem services. Climate change exacerbates this threat and favours interactions between disturbances. Our objective was thus to capture this dimension of multiple disturbances in forest economics through a literature review. We built a database that encompasses 101 English peer-reviewed articles published between 1916 and 2020. We looked at the relationships between six main natural hazards: fire, windstorm, drought, ice/snow, insects and pathogens/disease. Our results indicate that the most frequent pairs of hazards analysed together are “Wind-Insects” in Europe and “Fire-Insects” in North America. We show that most economic studies assume that natural hazards are independent of each other and could thus miss some of the effects of changing hazard regimes, contrary to ecology-oriented articles. Finally, we suggest creating bridges between the ecology and economics of forest disturbances in order to refine current models of each discipline with the tools provided by the other discipline, especially in the critical context of climate change.

Keywords: Multi-hazard risk; Interaction; Economics; Management; Ecology; Review; Forest (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 Q23 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107702

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