The triennial IUFRO conference on the effect of wind and trees will take place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, from 17 July to 20 July 2017.

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The triennial IUFRO conference on the effect of wind and trees will take place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, from 17 July to 20 July 2017. 

Call for Papers

This conference encourages scientists from all backgrounds with an interest in the interaction between wind and trees to present a paper. The broad theme of the conference targets understanding the interaction of the wind on trees at scales ranging from the leaf to entire forests and forested landscapes. We are interested in how trees adapt to wind, how they acclimate during their lives, and the physical mechanisms of wind damage. Presentations discussing the atmospheric processes producing damaging near-surface winds and climatological controls on their likelihood are also encouraged.  We are keenly interested in the impact of forest disturbance on carbon budgets and ecosystem functioning in forests and management strategies to mitigate the impact of damage in all types of forestry. 

We will cover the following topics during the conference:

  • Wind interaction with individual trees or small groups of trees
  • Airflow in forests
  • Tree biomechanics
  • Tree adaptation and acclimation to wind
  • Wind disturbance in forest ecosystems
  • The impact of wind disturbance on forest/atmosphere exchange
  • Atmospheric phenomena producing damaging near-surface winds
  • Wind damage to trees and forests in a changing climate
  • Impacts of wind in urban forestry
  • Managing wind damage in plantation and natural forests


Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed but you can register at:
Authors who submitted abstracts should have already received notice of their status.  Please contact Kris Marwitz if you have not yet received notice.


Other Activities During the Conference

A half day excursion to Rocky Mountain National Park.


Workshop Publication

Workshop presentations and abstracts will be published on our website via links provided during the workshop. (You may indicate that you do NOT want us to publish your abstract when you submit).

We will be conventing a special issue in the journal Agricultural and Forest Meteorology to disseminate the workshop's most enlightening findings associated with the meteorological and climatological aspects of windthrow and disturbance. There will also be a special issue  in the journal Forestry discussing the workshop's findings on tree mechanics and management practices.


To register click here, or go to the tab at the top of this website.

Workshop Registration Fees 

The registration fee TBD (Estimate cost $250 to $300.)

Conference Scientific Committee

Barry Gardiner, Edward Patton, John Moore, Steve Mitchell, Ebba Dellwik, Heli Peltola, Kana Kamimura, Sophie Hale

Local Conference Organizing Commitee

Edward Patton and Kris Marwitz 


For topical information, please contact:  Barry Gardiner or Edward Patton

For logistical information, please contact: Kris Marwitz