Managing forest industry risk & climate change
Our forests play an important part in providing a sustainable bio-based economy for the future. Scion's role is keeping them healthy and productive.
Planted and natural forests are vulnerable to insect pests, pathogens and invasive weeds. Scion is New Zealand’s leading authority on forest biosecurity.
Understanding and managing the effects of climate change on forest productivity and tree health is vital information to forest growers in New Zealand and worldwide.
Rural and forest environments are vulnerable to fire. Scion is New Zealand’s only provider of rural fire research and our work has been supporting rural fire authorities for over a quarter of a century.
Predicting wind damage is a complicated process, but one that could prevent serious financial and wood quality losses for forest growers now and in the future.
Improving forest worker safety and performance to benefit both workers and industry is the focus of our human factors scientists. New harvesting systems, robotics and insights into human behaviour all offer potential to reduce the dangers of working in high-risk situations.