Modelling Climate Impacts on Forest Ecosystems

Authored by: David R. Galbraith , Bradley O. Christoffersen

Routledge Handbook of Forest Ecology

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415735452
eBook ISBN: 9781315818290
Adobe ISBN: 9781317816447

10.4324/9781315818290.ch38

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Abstract

The grand challenge of understanding how climate affects the functioning of Earth’s forests has prompted the development of a variety of numerical modelling approaches, traversing a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. How will leaf photosynthesis respond to increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentrations? How does climate regulate interannual variability in the productivity of forest stands? What shifts can be expected in the geographical distribution of key timber species? What is the risk of forest die-back under drier and warmer climate scenarios? These are all questions for which numerical modelling approaches have helped to provide insight.

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