Divergence of ecosystem services in U.S. National Forests and Grasslands under a changing climate

Authors: 

Duan, K. et al., including Sun, S.
 

Publication source: 
Scientific Reports
Year: 
2016
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The 170 National Forests and Grasslands (NFs) in the conterminous United States are public lands that provide important ecosystem services such as clean water and timber supply to the American people. This study investigates the potential impacts of climate change on two key ecosystem services (i.e., water supply and carbon sequestration) of the NFs. We find that future climate change may result in a significant reduction in water yield but an increase in forest productivity in NFs. Such divergence is expected to intensify under higher greenhouse gas emission and associated climate change in the future.

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