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Climate & Disturbance Interactions

fire patterns on a landscapeClimate influences the severity, frequency and magnitude of forest disturbances. Disturbances, in turn, affect the composition, structure and processes that shape forest ecosystems. Climate change is expected to impact forest ecosystems in the coming decades, in large part through effects on abiotic (fire, drought, wind, snow and ice) and biotic (insects, pathogens and human induced) disturbances. Warming climates have been documented to alter interactions among disturbance regimes, with highly visible and rapidly occurring changes in landscape composition and structure. Complex interactions among climate, disturbance and vegetation may lead to the creation of novel landscapes with no historical analog.

The resources listed here are some of the most recent and applicable on the potential effects of climate on disturbance regimes and how they might interact with each other to enhance or dampen effects of climate on forests in the Northern Rockies.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with Montana State University's Institute on the Environment.

Publications/Reports

2018 Effects of climate change on ecological disturbance in the Northern Rockies (Chapter 7)
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Rachel A. Loehman et al.
2017 A review and classification of interactions between forest disturbance from wind and fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jeffery B. Cannon et al.
2017 Mapping the future: U.S. exposure to multiple landscape stressors
Technical Report or White Paper
Marie Oliver et al.
2017 Adapt to more wildfire in western North American forests as climate changes
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Tania L. Schoennagel et al.
2017 Analog-based fire regime and vegetation shifts in mountainous regions of the western US
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks et al.
2017 Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume 1
Technical Report or White Paper
Donald J. Wuebbles et al.
2016 Management impacts on carbon dynamics in a Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forest
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sabina Dore et al.
2016 Changing disturbance regimes, climate warming and forest resilience
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jill F. Johnstone et al.
2016 Impact of anthropogenic climate change on wildfire across western US forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John T. Abatzoglou et al.
2016 Changing disturbance regimes, ecological memory, and forest resilience
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jill F. Johnstone et al.
2016 The science of firescapes: achieving fire-resilient communities
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alistair M. S. Smith et al.
2016 How will climate change affect wildland fire severity in the western US?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks et al.
2016 Ecohydrological implications of drought for forests in the United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
James M. Vose et al.
2015 Climate-induced variations in global wildfire danger from 1979 to 2013
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William Matt Jolly et al.
2015 Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Constance I. Millar et al.
2015 Tree mortality from drought, insects, and their interactions in a changing climate
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
William R.L. Anderegg et al.
2015 Temperate forest health in an era of emerging megadisturbance
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Constance I. Millar et al.
2014 A primer on global climate-change science
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John T. Abatzoglou et al.
2014 Current climate and recent trends
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kelly T. Redmond et al.
2013 The impacts of climate change on ecosystem structure and function
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Nancy B. Grimm et al.
2010 Climate change and bark beetles of the western United States and Canada: direct and indirect effects
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Barbara J. Bentz et al.
2010 Disturbance and landscape dynamics in a changing world
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Monica G. Turner
2009 Global warming and stress complexes in forests of western North America
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Donald McKenzie et al.
2009 Learning the rhythm of the seasons in the face of global change: phenological research in the 21st century
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jeffrey T. Morrisette et al.
2004 Fire-induced erosion and millennial-scale climate change in northern ponderosa pine forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jennifer L. Pierce et al.

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