The impacts of increasing drought on forest dynamics, structure, and biodiversity in the United States


Clark, J.S. et al., including Peters, M.

Publication source: 
Global Change Biology
Publication image: 
Figure identifying the Cumulative Drought Index of Forests, comparing the 1960-1986 and 1987-2013 time ranges.
Publication summary: 

We synthesize insights from current understanding of drought impacts at stand-to-biogeographic scales, including management options, and we identify challenges to be addressed with new research. Large stand-level shifts underway in western forests already are showing the importance of interactions involving drought, insects, and fire. Diebacks, changes in composition and structure, and shifting range limits are widely observed.

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