Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada); Project Lead, Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions' Forest Carbon Management Project
About the instructor
Dr. Kurz is the lead scientist in charge of the development of Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the development of the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector. His research focuses on the impacts of natural disturbances, forest management and land-use change on forest carbon budgets.
Dr. Kurz studies how carbon is cycled through forest ecosystems, and he investigates natural and human activities that cause carbon to be taken out of or released back into the atmosphere by forests. His research also extends into the study of how carbon is cycled through harvested wood products. His team’s work directly contributes to international negotiations for Canada on climate change.
Dr. Kurz earned his PhD in Forest Ecology, University of British Columbia.
British Columbia's forests and forestry products have a large impact on provincial emissions, through both their ability to store and release carbon into the atmosphere. This course discusses the opportunities to manage forests and wood products with the goal reducing emissions, and how climate change impacts could interact with carbon-focused forest management goals.
Forest carbon research improves our understanding of the role of Canada’s forests in climate change. This understanding is required to develop climate mitigation and adaptation strategies in the forest sector. It is an important component of overall global carbon cycle science, which is needed to help us understand global change and predict future climate conditions.
The course features temperature and land use data that can help countries to map out systems useful in reducing gas emissions and curb the numbers to address climate change.
1. Understand how the current data can help reduce climate change.
2. Learn the ways that can help reduce gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere.
3. Enable awareness among planners, decision makers, and government and private agencies on the current status of the Earth’s climate and act on it with policies and projects.
General Course Information
|Provider||Dr. Werner Kurz, Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service|
|LA CES Approved||Yes|
|States: AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY||Yes|
|New York |
***Each licensee is responsible for determining if this course meets the state requirements
|GA, MN, and SD|
**There is no process to get courses pre-approved in your state, but there should be no issues getting this course approved.
If not approved, we will exchange it for another course or provide a full refund.
Canada Provinces and Territories
|British Columbia||Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES|
|Ontario||Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES|