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Climate & Disturbance Interactions

Climate influences the severity, frequency and magnitude of forest disturbances. Disturbances, in turn, affect the composition, structure and processes that shape forest ecosystems. Climate change is expected to impact forest ecosystems in the coming decades, in large part through effects on abiotic (fire, drought, wind, snow and ice) and biotic (insects, pathogens and human induced) disturbances. Warming climates have been documented to alter interactions among disturbance regimes, with highly visible and rapidly occurring changes in landscape composition and structure. Complex interactions among climate, disturbance and vegetation may lead to the creation of novel landscapes with no historical analog. The resources listed here are some of the most recent and applicable on the potential effects of climate on disturbance regimes and how they might interact with each other to enhance or dampen effects of climate on forests in the Northern Rockies.

Research Briefs

Syntheses

2013 The impacts of climate change on ecosystem structure and function
Nancy B. Grimm, F. Stuart Chapin, Britta Bierwagen, Patrick Gonzalez, Peter M. Groffman, Yiqi Luo, Forrest Melton, Knute Nadelhoffer, Amber Pairis, Peter A. Raymond, Josh Schimel, Craig E. Williamson
2010 Climate change and bark beetles of the western United States and Canada: direct and indirect effects
Barbara J. Bentz, Jacques Regniere, Christopher J. Fettig, E. Matthew Hansen, Jane L. Hayes, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Rick G. Kelsey, Jose F. Negron, Steven J. Seybold
2009 Global warming and stress complexes in forests of western North America
Donald McKenzie, David L. Peterson, Jeremy J. Littell

Publications/Reports

2017 Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume 1
Technical Report or White Paper
Donald J. Wuebbles, David Fahey, Kathy Hibbard, David J. Dokken, Brooke C. Stewart, Thomas Maycock
2017 Mapping the future: U.S. exposure to multiple landscape stressors
Technical Report or White Paper
Marie Oliver, Becky K. Kerns, John Kim, Jeffrey D. Kline
2017 Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Tania L. Schoennagel, Jennifer Balch, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Philip E. Dennison, Brian J. Harvey, Meg A. Krawchuk, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Penelope Morgan, Max A. Moritz, Ray Rasker, Monica G. Turner, Cathy L. Whitlock
2016 The science of firescapes: achieving fire-resilient communities
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alistair M. S. Smith, Crystal A. Kolden, Travis B. Paveglio, Mark A. Cochrane, David M. J. S. Bowman, Max A. Moritz, Andrew D. Kliskey, Lilian Alessa, Andrew T. Hudak, Chad M. Hoffman, James A. Lutz, Lloyd P. Queen, Scott J. Goetz, Philip E. Higuera, Luigi Boschetti, Michael D. Flannigan, Kara M. Yedinak, Adam C. Watts, Eva K. Strand, Jan W. van Wagtendonk, John Anderson, Brian J. Stocks, John T. Abatzoglou
2016 Ecohydrological implications of drought for forests in the United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
James M. Vose, Chelcy Ford Miniat, Charles H. Luce, Heidi Asbjornsen, Peter V. Caldwell, John L. Campbell, Gordon E. Grant, Daniel J. Isaak, Steven P. Loheide II, Ge Sun
2016 Management impacts on carbon dynamics in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sabina Dore, Danny L. Fry, Brandon M. Collins, Rodrigo Vargas, Robert A. York, Scott L. Stephens
2016 Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western US forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John T. Abatzoglou, A. Park Williams
2016 Burn me twice, shame on who? Interactions between successive forest fires across a temperate mountain region
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brian J. Harvey, Daniel C. Donato, Monica G. Turner
2016 Changing disturbance regimes, ecological memory, and forest resilience
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jill F. Johnstone, Craig D. Allen, Jerry F. Franklin, Lee E. Frelich, Brian J. Harvey, Philip E. Higuera, Michelle Mack, Ross K. Meentemeyer, Margaret R. Metz, George L.W. Perry, Tania L. Schoennagel, Monica G. Turner
2015 Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson
2015 Climate-induced variations in global wildfire dange from 1979 to 2013
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William Matt Jolly, Mark A. Cochrane, Patrick H. Freeborn, Zachary A. Holden, Timothy J. Brown, G.J. Williamson, David M. J. S. Bowman
2015 Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Constance I. Millar, Nathan L. Stephenson
2015 Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William R.L. Anderegg, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Rosie A. Fisher, Craig D. Allen, Juliann Aukema, Barbara J. Bentz, Sharon M. Hood, Jeremy W. Lichstein, Alison K. Macalady, Nate McDowell, Yude Pan, Kenneth F. Raffa, Anna Sala, John D. Shaw, Nathan L. Stephenson, Christina Tague, Melanie Zeppel
2014 Learning to coexist with wildfire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Max A. Moritz, E. Batllori, Ross A. Bradstock, A. Malcolm Gill, J. Handmer, Paul F. Hessburg, J. Leonard, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Dennis C. Odion, Tania L. Schoennagel, Alexandra D. Syphard
2014 A primer on global climate-change science
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John T. Abatzoglou, J.F.C. DiMento, P. Doughman, S. Nespor
2014 Current climate and recent trends
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kelly T. Redmond, John T. Abatzoglou
2013 The impacts of climate change on ecosystem structure and function
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Nancy B. Grimm, F. Stuart Chapin, Britta Bierwagen, Patrick Gonzalez, Peter M. Groffman, Yiqi Luo, Forrest Melton, Knute Nadelhoffer, Amber Pairis, Peter A. Raymond, Josh Schimel, Craig E. Williamson
2013 Impacts of disturbance on the terrestrial carbon budget of North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Eric S. Kasischke, Brian D. Amiro, Nichole N. Barger, Nancy H. F. French, Scott J. Goetz, Guido Grosse, Mark E. Harmon, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Shuguang Liu, Jeffrey G. Masek
2012 Can climate change increase fire severity independent of fire intensity? - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program
Technical Report or White Paper
Phillip J. van Mantgem, MaryBeth Keifer, Robert C. Klinger, Eric E. Knapp
2010 Climate change and bark beetles of the western United States and Canada: direct and indirect effects
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Barbara J. Bentz, Jacques Regniere, Christopher J. Fettig, E. Matthew Hansen, Jane L. Hayes, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Rick G. Kelsey, Jose F. Negron, Steven J. Seybold
2010 Disturbance and landscape dynamics in a changing world
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Monica G. Turner
2009 Global warming and stress complexes in forests of western North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Donald McKenzie, David L. Peterson, Jeremy J. Littell
2009 Modeling the effects of fire and climate change on carbon and nitrogen storage in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) stands
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erica A. H. Smithwick, Michael G. Ryan, Daniel M. Kashian, William H. Romme, Daniel B. Tinker, Monica G. Turner
2009 Learning the rhythm of the seasons in the face of global change: phenological research in the 21st century
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jeffrey T. Morrisette, Andrew D. Richardson, Alan K. Knapp, Jeremy I. Fisher, Eric A. Graham, John T. Abatzoglou, Bruce E. Wilson, David D. Breshears, Geoffrey M. Henebry, Jonathan M. Hanes, Liang Liang
2004 Fire-induced erosion and millennial-scale climate change in northern ponderosa pine forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jennifer L. Pierce, Grant A. Meyer, A. J. Timothy Jull

Management Documents

2017 2017 Montana Climate Assessment - stakeholder driven science informed
Cathy L. Whitlock, Wyatt Cross, Bruce D. Maxwell, Nick Silverman, Alisa A. Wade