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Hurricane impacts on forest resources in the Eastern United States: a post-sandy assessment

Year:

2015

Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station

Historical Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station

Source:

In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 173-177.

Description

Extreme weather events play a role in shaping the composition and structure of forests. Responding to and mitigating a storm event in a forested environment requires information about the location and severity of tree damage. However, this information can be difficult to obtain immediately following an event. Post-storm assessments using regularly collected forest information from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the USDA Forest Service can help inform response to future storm events. We analyzed data from the FIA program for an area along the Atlantic Coast directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 as well as an area in West Virginia that received heavy snowfall coincident with the hurricane. The ratio of damaged trees to all live trees was not substantially different between the pre- and post-storm observations at field sites. However, the ratio of trees with broken tops to all live trees increased in the path of the storm from 0.025 to 0.041 and from 0.019 to 0.040 in the heavy snowfall area. Hardwoods experienced an increase in broken tops in both areas, while for softwoods, an increase occurred only in the heavy snowfall area.

Citation

Liknes, Greg C.; Crocker, Susan J.; Morin, Randall S.; Walters, Brian F. 2015. Hurricane impacts on forest resources in the Eastern United States: a post-sandy assessment. In: Stanton, Sharon M.; Christensen, Glenn A., comps. 2015. Pushing boundaries: new directions in inventory techniques and applications: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2015. 2015 December 8–10; Portland, Oregon. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-931. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 173-177.

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