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Photo of Mapped distribution of drought tolerance based on forest composition of (A) dominant tolerance classes among species with suitable habitat, and (B) all species (mixed not used). DIT_x = drought intolerance class level, with 3 being the most intolerant; DT_x = drought tolerance level, with 3 being the most tolerant. USDA Forest Service
ID: 811
Drought and Forest Composition

Forest Service researchers used the cumulative drought severity index to examine the long-term influence of drought frequency and intensity duri ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Peters

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Drought conditions under future climate change projections from three general circulation models and two representative concentration pathways. Matthew Peters, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1067
Examining Potential Drought Conditions Under Projected Climate Change

Using future climate projections, 54 years of potential drought conditions were evaluated against recent conditions. Assessing how drought condi ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Peters

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Figure legend: These maps depict change in an index of drought severity for the period 2070-2099 under multiple climate scenarios. The maps show a large variationin potential drought throughout much of the conterminous US, mostly because of high uncertainty in future precipitation. Based on data from the RPA 2020 Assessment, the ‘warm wet’ figure represents a scenario with increased precipitation and less warming resulting from a relatively rapid reduction of greenhouse gases so that emissions peak ~2040. The ‘hot-wet’ scenario, also with rapid reduction of greenhouse gases, is wet but hot. The ‘hot-slightly dry’ scenario assumes continued current emissions levels for much of this century and is hot with slightly less precipitation, while the ‘hot-dry’ scenario is both dry and hot, resulting in the most severe drought conditions.
ID: 1443
Mapping U.S. Drought Projections Helps Foresters Plan for Sustainability

Droughts are natural disturbances that can cause negative effects on natural ecosystems and also have important social and economic consequences ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Peters

Wildlife and Fish
Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2018NRS
Photo of Testing the effects of species source on combustion properties of Ohio Hills fuel beds at the Forest Product Laboratory. Matthew B. Dickinson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1127
Shift Toward Mesophytic Species in Oak Forests May Limit Fire Reintroduction

Exclusion of fire from eastern mixed-oak forests is widely understood to be an important explanation for difficulty in regenerating oaks. Forest ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Peters

Wildland Fire and Fuels2016NRS
Photo of Landtypes (with both formal and colloquial names) derived from the landscape model for a portion of the Athens District of the Wayne National Forest (Bailey’s project area). Maps were generated for the entire 17-county region of SE Ohio.
ID: 1272
The hunt for good oak regeneration sites

Landscape modeling and field sampling may identify the best locations for restoring oak forests. Managers at the Wayne National Forest are using ...

Principal Investigator : Matthew P. Peters

Water, Air, and Soil
Resource Management and Use
2017NRS