Potential impacts of climate change on vegetation for national parks in the eastern United States

Patrick Jantz, William B. Monahan, Andrew J. Hansen, Brendan M. Rogers, Scott Zolkos, Tina Cormier, Scott J. Goetz

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Forests in the eastern United States have a long history of change related to climate and land use. Eighteen thousand years ago, temperatures were considerably lower and glaciers covered much of the area where deciduous forests currently grow. As glaciers retreated and temperatures rose, tree species advanced from southern areas (Delcourt and Delcourt 1988) and may also have dispersed from low-density populations near the edge of the Laurentide ice sheet (McLachlan, Clark, and Manos 2005). A variety of other processes have also influenced the distribution of tree species. Derechos, tornadoes, and fires cause frequent, small- to intermediate-scale disturbances that are important influences on canopy structure and species composition, while larger disturbances, such as hurricanes, cause less frequent but more extensive changes (Dale et al. 2001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationClimate Change in Wildlands
Subtitle of host publicationPioneering Approaches to Science and Management
PublisherIsland Press-Center for Resource Economics
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781610917131
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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