Understanding species-specific tree responses to climate change has broad implications in terms of adjusting forest policies and practices under changing environments. This study examined the responses of three northern conifer tree species, lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and interior spruce, which commonly co-occur in western Canada. The study aims to characterize the climate sensitivities of each species growing under a variety of environmental conditions, represented by mean annual temperatures (MAT) and mean annual precipitations (MAP). Species- and site-specific tree responses to changing climates will help to understand alteration in competitive relationships and dominance among co-occurring species, changes in forest compositions, and eventually shifts in species distribution at a particular site. This information may help to frame future management strategies, such as species selection, seed transfer, productivity, and shifts in biogeoclimatic zones.
Scott Green and Yumiko Miyamoto.
Green, Scott, Miyamoto, Yumiko. 2006. Characterizing the growth responses of three co-occurring northern conifer tree species to climate variation across a range of conditions. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2006MR125