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A Stand-Level Drought Risk Assessment Tool for Considering Climate Change in Forest Management

Author(s) or contact(s): V. Foord, C. Delong, and B. Rogers
Source: Climate
Subject: Clearcutting, Hydrology, Natural Disturbance, Recovery, Watershed
Series: Extension Note
Other details: Published 2017. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

Increased drought, caused by recent regional warming, is believed to be one of the leading causes of tree morČtality in forest ecosystems of western North America and worldwide. Changes in tree species disČtributions as a response to climate change have been examined at a broad level in British Columbia, but the varied response of individual tree species at the stand level to differing site properties, such as soil moisture regime, is needed to inform stand-level management. From 2009 to 2013, a Drought Risk Analysis and Decision Support Tool was developed by B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations researchers. This Extension Note highlights the Stand-Level Drought Risk Assessment Tool methods, field validation, some of the current applications, and how the tool could be used in the future.

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Updated MARCH 27, 2017