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Forest Health Monitoring and Forest Inventory Analysis programs monitor climate change effects in forest ecosystemsAuthor(s): Kenneth W. Stolte
Source: Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Vol. 7(5): 129-1316
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionThe Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) and Forest Inventory and Analyses (FIA) programs are integrated bilogical monitoring systems that use nationally standardized methods to evaluate and report on the health and sustainability of forest ecosystems in the United States. Many of the anticipated changes in forest ecosystems from climate change were also issues addressed in sections of FHM's National Technical Report 1991 to 1998. The integrated FHM and FIA monitoring systems are currently establishing baseline conditions (status and change) in most States for many of the expected effects, and are projected to have full implementation for all States and Territories in 2003. These monitoring systems utilize a broad suite of indicators of key ecosystem components and processes that are responsive to many biotic and abiotic stressors, including those anticipated from climate change. These programs will contribute essential information for many decades for many of the anticipated changes in forest ecosystem from increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, changing climatic scenarios, and extreme weather events that are probable in the next 30 to 100 years.
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CitationStolte, Kenneth W. 2001. Forest Health Monitoring and Forest Inventory Analysis programs monitor climate change effects in forest ecosystems. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Vol. 7(5): 129-1316
KeywordsForest Health Monitoring, Forest Inventory and Analyses, climate change, indicators, forest sustainability
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