Forest Environment and Conservation Department

In order to proactively respond to forest environmental change, Forest Conservation Department aims to assess climate change impact on forest ecosystems, develop adaptation technology to climate change, conserve biodiversity, manage Baekdudaegan Mountain Range , manage urban forests and Maeulsoop, predict forest fires and disasters, prevent and recover from debris flow, combat desertification, conserve water and soil at forest watershed, develop early rehabilitation technology for devastated forests, and implement comprehensive control of forest insect pests and diseases.

The Urban Forests Division is researching the implementation, management, and functional enhancement of forest-based spaces in terms of efficient use of forest resources to improve the quality of life of the people. We strive to quantitatively evaluate the environmental improvement effects of urban forests, such as fine dust and heatwave reduction, discover the intangible values of urban forests such as health promotion and emotional stability, and conduct value enhancement research. In addition, we are striving to develop forest water management technologies for a sustainable clean water supply and a safe forest water environment.

Ecosystem services of urban forests

To develop technologies for maintaining and promoting healthy urban ecosystems and urban biodiversity, we are conducting research on long-term vegetation change monitoring and database construction of urban forests, analysis of environmental improvement effects, and quantification methods for various ecosystem service functions of urban forests.

  • Evaluation of ecosystem services of urban forests
    Evaluation of ecosystem services of urban forests

    Evaluation of ecosystem services of urban forests

  • Detailed vegetation map of urban forests
    Detailed vegetation map of urban forests

    Detailed vegetation map of urban forests

  • Monitoring on long-term vegetation changes of urban forests and urban biodiversity
    Monitoring on long-term vegetation changes of urban forests and urban biodiversity

    Monitoring on long-term vegetation changes of urban forests and urban biodiversity

Improvement of urban forests function

To improve the environmental functions of urban forests, we are investigating Particulate Matter (PM) reduction mechanisms by species, selecting excellent tree species of PM reduction, and conducting an evaluation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emission traits in species units along with environmental resistance to air pollutants (PM, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide, etc.).

  • Selection for excellent tree species of PM reduction
    Selection for excellent tree species of PM reduction

    Selection for excellent tree species of PM reduction

  • Research on tree resistance to air pollutants
    Research on tree resistance to air pollutants

    Research on tree resistance to air pollutants

  • Evaluation of VOCs emission
    Evaluation of VOCs emission

    Evaluation of VOCs emission

Implementation and management of urban forests

To develop the implementation and management technologies of urban forests for enhancing the quality of life of people from social disasters such as fine dust and heatwaves, we are conducting research on the effects of fine dust reduction and thermal disaster mitigation according to urban forest type and its application at the landscape level.

  • Fine dust reduction effect of urban forests
    Fine dust reduction effect of urban forests

    Fine dust reduction effect of urban forests

  • Thermal disaster mitigation effect of urban forests
    Thermal disaster mitigation effect of urban forests

    Thermal disaster mitigation effect of urban forests

  • Implementation and management of urban forests
    Implementation and management of urban forests

    Implementation and management of urban forests

Evaluation of urban forests value

Based on the research platform (aican.nifos.go.kr) which observes, evaluates and shares the value of urban forests against fine dust and heatwaves, we provide fine dust reduction effects through urban forests and peri-urban forests and apply advanced smart technology of urban green infrastructure on developing Korean i-Tree evaluation model.

  • Monitoring-network-of-PM-in-Forests
    Monitoring-network-of-PM-in-Forests

    Monitoring-network-of-PM-in-Forests

  • AICAN(Asian Initiative for Clean Air Networks
    AICAN(Asian Initiative for Clean Air Networks

    AICAN(Asian Initiative for Clean Air Networks

  • Providing walking trails with good air quality
    Providing walking trails with good air quality

    Providing walking trails with good air quality

  • Developing evaluation module of Urban Forests value in Korea
    Developing evaluation module of Urban Forests value in Korea

    Developing evaluation module of Urban Forests value in Korea

Maintenance and enhancement of forest water resources

In order to secure sustainable clean water and create a healthy forest water environment in response to climate change and water scarcity, we focus on water resource retention, water quality conservation, stream drying reduction and non-point source pollution management in forest watersheds.

  • Long term monitoring on forest water quantity and quality
    Long term monitoring on forest water quantity and quality

    Long term monitoring on forest water quantity and quality

  • Forest thinning site for forest water resources retention enhancement
    Forest thinning site for forest water resources retention enhancement

    Forest thinning site for forest water resources retention enhancement

  • Non point source pollution monitoring on disturbed forest land
    Non point source pollution monitoring on disturbed forest land

    Non point source pollution monitoring on disturbed forest land

Forest water information system establishment and flood safety reinforcement

In order to establish smart water information infrastructure through the convergence of big data related to forest water resources, we are conducting research on the advancement of intelligent forest water map, the establishment of forest water management platform and reinforcement of disaster safety response capabilities, including forecasting and recovery system on flash flood in forest watershed.

  • Structure of AI model in forest water map
    Structure of AI model in forest water map

    Structure of AI model in forest water map

  • Forest water map
    Forest water map

    Forest water map

  • Flash flood monitoring in forest watershed
    Flash flood monitoring in forest watershed

    Flash flood monitoring in forest watershed

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