Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate


Anderegg, W.R.L., et al., including Hood, S.

Publication source: 
New Phytologist
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Drought- and beetle-induced tree mortality in California.
Publication summary: 

Climate change is expected to drive increased tree mortality through drought, heat stress, and insect attacks, with manifold impacts on forest ecosystems. Yet, climate-induced tree mortality and biotic disturbance agents are largely absent from process-based ecosystem models. Using data sets from the western USA and associated studies, we present a framework for determining the relative contrinution of drought stress, insect attack, and their interactions, which is critical for modeling mortality in future climates.

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