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Living on the edge: Trailing edge forests at risk of fire-facilitated conversion to non-forest

Posted date: March 21, 2019
Publication Year: 
2019
Authors: Parks, Sean A.; Dobrowski, Solomon Z.; Shaw, John D.Miller, Carol L.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Ecosphere. 10(3): Article e02651.

Abstract

Forests are an incredibly important resource across the globe, yet they are threatened by climate change through stressors such as drought, insect outbreaks, and wildfire. Trailing edge forests - those areas expected to experience range contractions under a changing climate - are of particular concern because of the potential for abrupt conversion to non-forest. However, due to plant-climate disequilibrium, broad-scale forest die-off and range contraction in trailing edge forests are unlikely to occur over short timeframes (

Citation

Parks, Sean A.; Dobrowski, Solomon Z.; Shaw, John D.; Miller, Carol. 2019. Living on the edge: Trailing edge forests at risk of fire-facilitated conversion to non-forest. Ecosphere. 10(3): Article e02651.