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Impacts of changing fire regimes in the alpine treeline ecotone

Author(s): Donald McKenzie, C. Alina Cansler
Year Published: 2015

We studied the effects of a shift in the fire regime of an ecosystem that is very sensitive to climate change: the ecotone from closed forest to open alpine tundra, hereafter the alpine treeline ecotone (ATE). Results suggest that ATEs will become more complex spatially in a warming climate, rather than moving up or down en masse. Management of these areas, many of which are in protected areas (wilderness and national parks), will continue to be adaptive, anticipating landscapes of the future that will change in complex ways and differently in different ecoregions.

Citation: McKenzie, Donald; Cansler, C. Alina. 2015. Impacts of changing fire regimes in the alpine treeline ecotone - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program. JFSP Project No. 13-3-01-22. Seattle, WA: US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory. 11 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Fire Regime, Climate and Fire Regime Change, Fire & Climate
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 15577
FRAMES RCS number: 21901
Record updated: May 10, 2018