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Title: Atlas of current and potential future distributions of common trees of the eastern United States

Author: Iverson, Louis R.; Prasad, Anantha M.; Hale, Betsy J.; Sutherland, Elaine Kennedy

Date: 1999

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-265. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 245 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: This atlas documents the current and possible future distribution of 80 common tree species in the Eastern United States and gives detailed information on environmental characteristics defining these distributions. Also included are outlines of life history characteristics and summary statistics for these species. Much of the data are derived from Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) data, analyzed in concert with 33 environmental variables within a geographic information system. Life history information, including regeneration and disturbance characteristics, were generated via the literature and are provided in data base format. Summary statistics offer an overall perspective on the tree species of the eastern United States. Regression tree analysis models were constructed to determine possible future habitat for each species under two scenarios of global climate change. Results show that, depending on the scenario, 4-8 of the 80 species could be extirpated from the Eastern United States after climate change. Appendices provide information on the data and methods used, including demonstration of a migration model.

Keywords: Eastern United States, global change, geographic information systems, forest inventory and analysis, trees, landscape ecology, species distribution

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Iverson, Louis R.; Prasad, Anantha M.; Hale, Betsy J.; Sutherland, Elaine Kennedy 1999. Atlas of current and potential future distributions of common trees of the eastern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-265. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 245 p.

 


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