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    Climate is critically linked to vegetation dynamics at many different spatial and temporal scales across the desert Southwest. Small-scale, short duration monsoon season thunderstorms can bring much needed precipitation to small patches of vegetation or can initiate widespread flooding. Long-term variations in climate related to ocean circulation patterns can create multi-decade wet or dry periods that can promote large-scale, episodes of recruitment of certain species (wet periods) or large-scale mortality (dry periods).

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    Rogstad, Alix; DeGomez, Tom; Sieg, Carol Hull. 2007. Invasive plants in Arizona's forests and woodlands. AZ1436. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arizona Cooperative Extension. 5 p.


    climate change, invasive plants, Arizona

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