One of the bibliographies included in the supplemental materials for the 2016 Rio Grande National Forest Climate Change Plan Revision workshop.
This bibliography provides relevant scientific citations with abstracts on topics identified by the Rio Grande National Forest staff as important to the development of their assessment and plan components. The collection of these studies, sorted by date, depict the ecology of alpine ecosystems, their sensitivity to disturbance, and give information about how climate change may affect distribution, plant community interaction and composition, and nutrient cycling interactions. The studies focus on alpine tundra above treeline that can be in snowfields, dry areas, or wetter hollows with more moisture collection.
Site-specific studies on or near the Rio Grande National Forest are included, however, there are few climate change effects studies on Rio Grande alpine ecosystems. Several studies include regions that overlap the Rio Grande National Forest. The majority of studies are from the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with some relevant studies from the Colorado Front Range, Utah, and the Central and Northern Rocky Mountains.