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Effects of ozone and climate on ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) growth in the Colorado Rocky MountainsAuthor(s): David L. Peterson; Michael J. Arbaugh; Lindsay J. Robinson
Source: Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 23(9): 1750-1759.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionLong-term radial growth trends of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopuforum) were studied in second-growth stands in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to determine if there has been any impact from oxidant air pollution. Although ozone concentrations are relatively high at some locations, visible pollutant injury was not found in any trees. Time series of basal area increments are generally homogeneous within stands. Concurrent periods of increasing and decreasing growth can be found in stands throughout the Front Range, which indicates that there are temporal growth trends at the regional level. Most of these trends appear to be related to the effects of stand dynamics and climate. Correlation analysis with climatic variables indicates that soil moisture supply is the dominant factor controlling interannual variation of basal area growth. Palmer hydrological drought index is highly correlated (positively) with growth during the summer months; total precipitation in spring is positively correlated with growth, and mean temperature in spring is negatively correlated with growth. There are no recent changes in growth trends that might be associated with elevated levels of ambient ozone in the Front Range.
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CitationPeterson, David L.; Arbaugh, Michael J.; Robinson, Lindsay J. 1993. Effects of ozone and climate on ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) growth in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 23(9): 1750-1759.
Keywordsozone, ponderosa pine, Colorado Front Range, basal area increment, soil moisture supply
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