A major goal of Resource Monitoring and Assessment (RMA) research is to identify how inventory and monitoring data can be used to understand the effects of climate on the forest and rangeland condition.
The Pacific Northwest RMA program collects and analyzes long-term data at multiple spatial scales, ideal for predicting tree distribution, growth, and mortality in relation to regional climate gradients and potential shifts in climate. The RMA scientists also assess climate impacts to understory plant and lichen communities.
- Do carbon offsets work? The role of forest management in greenhouse gas mitigation. Science Findings 155. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 5 p. - Oliver, Marie; Fried, Jeremy. 2013
- Assessing the carbon consequences of western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) encroachment across Oregon, USA. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 65(3): 223-231. - Campbell, John L.; Kennedy, Robert E.; Cohen, Warren B.; Miller, Richard F. 2012
- Potential of a national monitoring program for forests to assess change in high-latitude ecosystems. Biological Conservation. 144: 1285-1294. - Barrett, Tara M.; Gray, Andrew N. 2011
- Tracking lichen community composition changes due to declining air quality over the last century: the Nash legacy in Southern California. Bibliotheca Lichenologica 106: 263-277. - Riddel J., Jovan S., Padgett P., Sweat K. 2011