Response of European Mountain Forests to Abrupt Climate Change

Seidl R (2004). Response of European Mountain Forests to Abrupt Climate Change. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-04-055

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Abstract

Paleoclimatic data reveals large abrupt climate changes such as the Younger Dryas and the 8.2 ka event. Alpine forests are characterized by distinct ecotonal borderlines and their vulnerability to such events is potentially high, although there are hardly any assessments made up to now. Both paleo-records and climate-model projections are used to conduct a model simulation with the forest ecosystem model PICUS v1.3. Impacts on Norwegian spruce-dominated mountain forests along an altitudinal transect are investigated. Ecosystem-specific thresholds are identified, the potential magnitude of loss is quantified and possible negative feedbacks to the carbon cycle are assessed.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:17
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2016 13:01
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7394

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