Central Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project

TitleCentral Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBrandt L, He H, Iverson L, Thompson FR, Butler P, Handler S, Janowiak M, Shannon DP, Swanston C, Albrecht M, Blume-Weaver R, Deizman P, DePuy J, Dijak WD, Dinkel G, Fei S, Jones-Farrand TD, Leahy M, Matthews S, Nelson P, Oberle B, Perez J, Peters M, Prasad A, Schneiderman JE, Shuey J, Smith AB, Studyvin C, Tirpak JM, Walk JW, Wang WJ, Watts L, Weigel D, Westin S
Series TitleGeneral Technical Report NRS-124
Document NumberNRS-124
Pagination254p
Date Published02/2014
Institution U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station
CityNewtown Square, PA
Keywordsadaptive capacity, climate change, Climate Change Atlas, expert elicitation, Illinois, Indiana, LANDIS PRO, LINKAGES, Missouri, vulnerability
Abstract

The forests in the Central Hardwoods Region will be affected directly and indirectly by a changing climate over the next 100 years. This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates. Information on current forest conditions, observed climate trends, projected climate changes, and impacts to forest ecosystems was considered in order to assess vulnerability to climate change. Mesic upland forests were determined to be the most vulnerable to projected changes in climate, whereas many systems adapted to fire and drought, such as open woodlands, savannas, and glades, were perceived as less vulnerable. Projected changes in climate and the associated ecosystem impacts and vulnerabilities will have important implications for economically valuable timber species, forest-dependent wildlife and plants, recreation, and long-range planning.

URLhttp://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/45430

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