31 Oct '11, 3pm

Maps depict changes in ranges of trees in Eastern U.S.

31 Oct 2011: Maps Depict Changes In Ranges of Trees in Eastern U.S. The U.S. Forest Service has released a series of maps showing, under different emissions scenarios, how the ranges of various tree species in the eastern U.S. may shift as the climate warms . Forest types Click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service U.S. forest shift, 1990-2100 traditionally associated with particular regions will migrate north, shifting the ecosystems they support. Beyond impacting the foliage that attracts tourists during the fall season, the researchers say the shifts will also affect local biodiversity in unpredictable ways. The maple, beech, and birch forests that characterize New England, New York, and Pennsylvania will give way to oak/hickory-dominated forests, squeezing fauna that depend on the former, and changing the overall character of the landscape ecology. The picturesque paper birch...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/maps_depict_changes_in_ranges...

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