Extreme events and climate change: The post-disasters dynamics of forest fires and forest storms in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 0282-7581, E-ISSN 1651-1891, Vol. 31, no 2, 148-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
How are extreme events understood in the forest sector? What are the implications of forest professionals’ understandings and evaluations of extreme events? These questions are central to this study, which analyses the handling of the largest forest storm and the largest forest fire in modern Swedish history. The theoretical approach is that of risk governance in practice, which stresses that understanding the framings, practices and strategies used by members of professional organizations is pivotal for how disasters are managed. Two interview studies have been conducted with forest professionals involved in the two cases. The analysis shows that there were fundamentally different understandings of the two events and their implications for forestry practice. The storm was seen as an unavoidable natural disaster, but the consequences of future storms were considered possible to mitigate through changed forest practices. The forest fire, on the other hand, was conceptualized as a partly natural and partly man-made disaster, and forestry was seen as having very limited possibilities to reduce the likelihood as well as the consequences of similar events. The different understandings had significant implications for the post-disasterdynamics and for which management practices that were developed. Thus, understanding howextreme events are perceived is crucial to understanding which management practices thatemerge in their wake, a topic of growing relevance because climate change is predicted toincrease the frequency of forest fires and storms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 31, no 2, 148-155 p.
Forest fires, forest storms, climate change, forest consultants, risk perceptions, risk governance
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Forest Science
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46772DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2015.1113308ISI: 000368547300003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955728555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46772DiVA: diva2:873727
FunderMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchSwedish Research Council Formas
Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Umeå University2015-11-242015-11-242016-02-11Bibliographically approved