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Overview: assessing the impacts of climate change on U.S. forests

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Joyce, Linda A.; Birdsey, Richard

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2000

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In: Joyce, Linda A.; Birdsey, Richard, technical editors. 2000. The impact of climate change on America's forests: a technical document supporting the 2000 USDA Forest Service RPA Assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 5-17

Abstract

The Forest Service conducts periodic assessments of the condition of forest and rangeland resources under the authority of the Renewable Resources Planning Act (RPA). The structure of these periodic assessments allows for the synthesis and integration of the current state of scientific knowledge (U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service 1989, 1994). As part of the RPA process, this report is a synthesis of current information that assesses the impact of climate change on U.S. forests. Policy questions critical to understanding the impact of global climate change on current and future trends (Joyce et al. 1997) form the basis for the subsequent chapters in this report. This chapter describes the synthesis of scientific information and assessment of the impacts of climate on forests, current understanding of the global climate, and the policy questions addressed in this assessment.

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Joyce, Linda A.; Birdsey, Richard. 2000. Overview: assessing the impacts of climate change on U.S. forests. In: Joyce, Linda A.; Birdsey, Richard, technical editors. 2000. The impact of climate change on America''s forests: a technical document supporting the 2000 USDA Forest Service RPA Assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-59. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 5-17

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