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Increased water deficit decreases Douglas fir growth throughout western US forests

Author(s): David L. Peterson, Jeremy S. Littell
Year Published: 2016
Description:

With ongoing public concern regarding climate change and recent drought that has affected many areas of the western United States, this study provides context and direct evidence for the negative impact of water stress on forest ecosystems. The response of trees to drought is a tangible example of the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems and is understandable by the public and a broad scientific audience. Any sustained change in the growth rates of trees also affects carbon sequestration, biodiversity maintenance, and ecosystem resilience, influencing both productivity and susceptibility to other disturbances.

Citation: Restaino, C.M.; Peterson, D.L.; Littell, J. 2016. Increased water deficit decreases Douglas fir growth throughout western US forests. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602384113
Topic(s): Fire & Future Climate
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 14548
Record updated: Aug 23, 2016