The Climate, Atmospheric Change & Forests Working Group

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MISSION:  The Climate, Atmospheric Change & Forests Working Group promotes the knowledge of forest ecosystems through the science and monitoring of the effects of atmospheric changes on these forests, through international cooperation and dissemination of new technologies and techniques among the cooperating countries.


The working group:

  • Promotes the collection, exchange and dissemination of information and techniques in the field of monitoring of forest health and the evaluation of the effects of atmospheric changes on forests.
  • Prepares publications on the state of the health of forests in North America based on the monitoring of forest health conditions in the three countries.
  • Fosters international cooperation, in the field of detection and effects of atmospheric changes on forests, within North America among scientists and forest managers and other natural resource agencies.
  • Fosters communication with other NAFC Working Groups and with those of other FAO Forestry Commissions.

Working Group Members

Catalina Fabiola de Alba Rosano

Manager of Forests and Climate Change



José Armando Alanís de la Rosa

Manager of National Forest Monitoring System


Carolyn Smyth

Canadian Forest Service


Isabelle Aubin
Canadian Forest Service

Liz Mayhew

U.S. Forest Service International Programs


Richard Birdsey
Retired US Forest Service, advisor


Craig Wayson
USFS/International Programs 


James Vose
US Forest Service

Christopher Swanston
US Forest Service


Hank Loescher
The National Ecological Observatory Network 
University of Colorado


Highlights of the State of the Carbon Cycle Report for North America