Cooperation Leads to Continued Research on Tree Range Shifts in the Eastern U.S.
The potential range response to projected climate change, based on suitable habitat, has been modeled and mapped for many eastern North American tree species. Model projections reveal drastic shifts in the spatial distribution for many of these species in accord with changing climatic conditions. Scientists from the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program of the Forest Service pioneered efforts to look for active range-shifts using broad-scale forest inventory data available from FIA. Recent cooperation with scientists from Purdue University and the University of Alabama have led to further understanding of the potential for using FIA data to identify active tree range shifts in the eastern U.S. The population dynamics of two species, sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and blackgum (Nysaa sylvatica), were found to have current range-shifts occurring.
|Northward migration under a changing climate: a case study of blackgum (Nyssa Sylvatica)||(publication)|
|Population dynamics of sugar maple through the southern portion of its range: implications for range migration||(publication)|
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