Climate Change - Impacts and Effects on Vegetation

This 2011 symposium featured research on the projected impacts of climatic changes on vegetation, with an emphasis on practical assessment and management. The videos from the symposium represent a synthesis of recent thinking on the topic of climatic change. Presentation topics range from methods for predicting tree range shifts under future climates to the connection between climate change and forest disturbances. Climate Change -- Impacts and Effects on Vegetation was part of the 2011 US- International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) Annual Symposium in Portland, OR ( The theme of the 2011 Symposium was Sustainability in Dynamic Landscapes. For more information on IALE, please see the website:

Recording Date(s):: 
2011 US - International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) Annual Symposium in Portland, OR
Collection Sponsor(s): 
International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE)


Red spruce mortality near Asheville, NC
Presenter: Steve McNulty

A story of drought in western North Carolina and its impact on red spruce trees. Explores interactions between climate change, elevated nitrogen deposition and insects.

larch tree changing color in the fall
Presenter: Steven Norman

See how climate change is affecting the phenology, or cyclical timing of tree leaf-out and wildfire in the southeastern United States.

Mountain slope with boulders
Presenter: Dominique Bachelet

An overview of 23 climate model and their results. The use of multiple model approaches provides a range of outcomes for mangers to work from.

Dead trees on a hillslope caused by pine beetle outbreak.
Presenter: Jeffrey Hicke

Climate drives insect outbreaks in forests; insect outbreaks can then influence climate through the carbon cycle.

white pine seedling
Presenter: Nicholas Crookston

Forecasting the impacts of climate change on forests using the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) model.

maple seedlings
Presenter: Louis Iverson

An overview of a set of tools that assess how climate change might influence tree distributions in the eastern U.S.

Device for collecting FIA data
Presenter: Heather Lintz

Learn about early signals of migration for tree species in the Pacific coastal U.S. and recent research findings from scientists in Oregon

Downscaled map data
Presenter: Forrest Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Using multivariate spatio-temporal clustering (MSTC) model projections to determine shifts in climate regimes.

Map output from the Forecasts model
Presenter: William Hargrove

A niche-modeling approach for prioritizing tree species at risk to climate change and for producing predicted range maps for many tree species.

Forest in the fall
Presenter: William Hargrove for James Westervelt

See how military installations in the State of Illinois are being used to study potential ecosystem responses to climate change.

forested road
Presenter: Kevin Potter

Genetic risk assessments help forest managers understand where forests are at greatest risk and to decide where to invest limited resources.

trees killed by fire
Presenter: Richard Waring

Process-based models can be used to look at forest disturbance by insects, disease and fire across the Pacific Northwest.

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