Effects of climate change on forest vegetation in the northern Rockies

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Edited by: Jessica E. Halofsky and David L. Peterson

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Abstract

Increasing air temperature, through its influence on soil moisture, is expected to cause gradual changes in the abundance and distribution of tree, shrub, and grass species throughout the Northern Rockies, with drought tolerant species becoming more competitive. The earliest changes will be at ecotones between lifeforms (e.g., upper and lower treelines). Ecological disturbance, including wildfire and insect outbreaks, will be the primary facilitator of vegetation change, and future forest landscapes may be dominated by younger age classes and smaller trees. High-elevation forests will be especially vulnerable if disturbance frequency

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Effects of climate change on forest vegetation in the northern Rockies
Chapter 5
ISBN 978-3-319-56927-7
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-56928-4_5
Volume 63
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Geography
Description 37 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Climate change and Rocky Mountain ecosystems; Advances in Global Change Research v. 63
First page 59
Last page 95
Country United States
Other Geospatial Rocky Mountains