Brendan Rogers

Dr. Rogers investigates how boreal forests are responding to climate change and land use, how this feeds back to climate change, and how management and policy can be used for mitigation and adaptation.

Dr. Rogers led a primary forests case study in the Angara region of Siberia, a hotspot for primary forest disturbance and protection. Through this, his research team assessed the major threats to primary forests in the region, with a focus on logging, and quantified the economic value of preserving Angara’s primary forests.

In collaboration with others in the project team, Dr. Rogers developed novel methods for mapping forest stability in Siberia and the Amazon – a technique that can be applied from landscape to continental scales. He also co-developed a framework for ecosystem integrity to be integrated into global forest and climate policy, and one which would prioritize the protection of primary forests.

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Brendan's project publications

Mapping forest stability within major biomes using MODIS time series

Forest stability is a key component of ecosystem integrity and primary forests. Current remote sensing products largely focus on deforestation rather than forest degradation, and depend on machine learning calibrated with extensive field measurements. To address this, we used MODIS time series to develop a novel approach for mapping forest stability across forest biomes.

Fire and logging threats to primary forests in central Siberia

Using remote sensing time series, we found increasing trends in fire and logging disturbances in primary forests of the Angara case study region. We also found large increases in fires closer to human settlements, roads, and logged sites.

Primary forests are being undervalued in the climate emergency

The world's contain irreplaceable biodiversity and are critical to the regulation of the global climate and maintaining stable carbon pools. Carbon-dense primary forests are found in every major forest biome and they typically support higher levels of biodiversity than logged forests, especially imperiled and endemic species, yet their value is not fully recognised in climate policy.