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New Evidence of Tree Species on the Move

(click to download a pdf of this complete article or download a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw There has been significant debate and research about where, how quickly, and to what degree our forests will shift with the changing climate. These questions have primarily been tackled through modeling (e.g., see Modeling Future Forests bulletin) or […]

Shifting Phenology in a Changing Climate

(click here to download a pdf of this full article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw Phenology is the study of the seasonal rhythms of plants and animals, especially the timing of natural cycles as related to weather and climate. It is a sensitive indicator of climate change, with far reaching implications for ecosystem processes, […]

Attributing Extremes to Climate Change

(click here to download a formatted pdf of this full article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw In previous bulletins, we described how climate change is altering the frequency and intensity of certain types of extreme weather (see Climate Change and Extreme Weather: Part 1) and how these extremes shape plant communities, forest health, […]

Wildfire in a Warming World: Part 2

(click here to download a pdf of this complete article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw & Si Balch In Part I, we discussed the recent rise in U.S. wildfire, the evidence suggesting climate is a major driver of that increase, and the reality that future increases in temperature and drought frequency (in some […]

Wildfire in a Warming World: Part 1

(click here to download a pdf of the full article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw Wildfire has been a hot topic in the media lately, with California ablaze due to a combination of dangerous fire weather, on-going drought, and scores of drought- and beetle-killed trees. Most recently, the Blue Cut Fire (pictured above) […]

Resiliency Assessment Framework

(click here to download a pdf of this complete article) By Eric Walberg Introduction Optimizing forest management to account for the risks and opportunities posed by climate change is a challenge on many fronts. Limitations in the precision of climate models, uncertainties about natural system response, and the need to integrate climate concerns with other […]

Climate Change & Forest Productivity

(click here to download a pdf of this complete article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw Considerable attention has been paid to understanding how climate change may alter the abundance and distribution of tree species, as discussed in our previous bulletin on modeling future forests, but an equally important consideration is how climate change […]

Carbon Markets and Forests: What Does the Future Hold?

(click here to download a pdf of this complete article) By Eric Walberg Introduction Global efforts to reduce carbon emissions are ramping up and carbon markets will play an increasingly important role in limiting warming to the 2 degree C ceiling established by the Paris Climate Agreement.  I participated in the largest annual North American […]

Modeling Future Forests

(click here to download a pdf of the full article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw Understanding how forests responded to past changes in the Earth’s climate has been a long-standing area of research, but in recent years there has also been growing interest in anticipating how modern climate change may lead to shifts […]

Climate Change & Wildlife Impacts: Part 2

(click to download formatted pdfs of this full article or a one-page synopsis) By Jennifer Hushaw, Si Balch, and Eric Walberg In Part I of this bulletin, we described how climate change may soon rival human influence as the biggest driver of biodiversity change, and in this piece we look more closely at the links […]