Climate Change poses serious interlinked challenges of the scale and scope, never anticipated in last century. The world’s surface air temperature is increasing at an average annual growth rate of 0.60C. This will result in rising of sea levels, melting of ice in Antarctica, heavier rainfall and flooding, extreme droughts, hurricane frequency and frequent heat waves, increasing average temperature of Earth leading to Global Warming. All these will have great impact on all forms of lives. To study these aspects of Climate Change and their relationship with Forests, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun has constituted a division namely Climate Change & Forest Influences Division in July 2008 with the following mandates:-
(i) To carry out and co-ordinate research on climate change, effect of climate change on forests, other biodiversity, mitigation of climate change through forestry activities.
(ii) To study the influence of the forest on soil, water and climate.
(iii) To study short and long term role of forest both locally and globally.