Climate Change and Forest Death: A glimpse into a future of drought and tree mortality


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Washington, D.C. — “From 2000-2003 a drought in the American Southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region, including many stands of quaking aspen. But while the dfrank davisie-off was associated with drought, scientists didn’t know exactly what caused the forests to die or how severe a drought needs to be to induce such die-off.

Now, a team of scientists that includes Bren School professor and NCEAS director Frank Davis has collaborated on a project for The Carnegie Institution for Science to develop a new modeling tool to better explain how aspen forests died as a result of the 2000-2003 drought. The findings were published in the March 30 issue of the journal Nature Geoscience. ”

To get the whole story from Bren media liaison James Baham, click here.

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