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Title: Forests and Climate Change in the Southeast

Author: McNulty, Steven; Sun, Ge; Mohan, Jacqueline; Prestemon, Jeffrey; Johnsen, Kurt; Liu, Yongqiang

Date: 2013

Source: NCA Southeast Technical Report 161-183

Publication Series: Journal/Magazine Article (JRNL)

Description: Key Findings

  • Warming air temperatures will likely increase regional drying regardless of changes in precipitation, and this drying will likely increase wildfire risk across southeastern USA forests.
  • Longer growing seasons will likely increase the risk of insect outbreak and very likely will expand the northern range of some species such as the southern pine beetle.
  • Continued increases in metropolitan populations coupled with increase water use by forests will likely cause more frequent and severe regional and local water shortages.
  • Despite climate and demographic derived changes, forests in the southeastern USA will likely continue to provide a sink of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).

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McNulty, Steven; Sun, Ge; Mohan, Jacqueline; Prestemon, Jeffrey; Johnsen, Kurt; Liu, Yongqiang 2013. Forests and Climate Change in the Southeast. NCA Southeast Technical Report 161-183.


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