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The potential impacts of climate change and variability on forests and forestry in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Author(s):

Mary McKenney-Easterling
David R. DeWalle
Anthony R. Buda
Anthony R. Buda

Year:

2000

Publication type:

Miscellaneous Publication

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station

Source:

Climate Research. 14: 195-206.

Description

As part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Assessment, an evaluation is being made of the impacts of climate variability and potential future climate change on forests and forestry in the Mid-Atlantic Region. This paper provides a brief overview of the current status of forests in the region, and then focuses on 2 components of this evaluation: (1) modeling of the potential impacts of climate change on tree species' distributions, and (2) a survey of how extreme weather events affect forests and forest land management in the region. The tree distribution modeling indicates that climate change may result in large increases in the amount of forest dominated by oak and pine, and large decreases in maple/beech/birch forest, assuming that trees are able to migrate in pace with climate change. The forest management survey results suggest that the major impacts of severe weather on forest operations currently are related more to extreme precipitation and high wind events than to temperature extremes. The implications of these results for future climate change are discussed.

Citation

McKenney-Easterling, Mary; DeWalle, David R.; Iverson, Louis R.; Prasad, Anantha M.; Buda, Anthony R. 2000. The potential impacts of climate change and variability on forests and forestry in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Climate Research. 14: 195-206.

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https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/21901