Interactions between climate, insect outbreaks, and forests

Dead trees on a hillslope caused by pine beetle outbreak.

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

Presenter: 
Jeffrey Hicke
University of Idaho
USDA Forest Service Western Wildland Assessment Center
Contributors: 

Videography - Ben Nieves
Technical production - Jeffrey Guntle

Video Length: 
18:10
Publication date: 
01/15/2012
You should gain an understanding of:: 

The important role that climate plays in driving insect outbreaks and how climate change suggests altered outbreak regimes.

The impacts of insect infestations on forest carbon budgets.

How remote sensing can be used as a tool for quantifying spatial variability in tree mortality.

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