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The northern global change research program

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1996

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In: Hom, John; Birdsey, Richard; O'Brian, Kelly, eds. Proceedings 1995 meeting of the northern global change program; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-214. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 1-6.

Abstract

The Forest Service goal for global change research is to establish a sound scientific basis for making regional, national, and international resource management and policy decisions in the context of global change issues. The objectives of the Northern Global Change Program (NGCP) are to understand: (1) what processes in forest ecosystems are sensitive to physical and chemical changes in the atmosphere, (2) how future physical and chemical climate changes will influence the structure, function, and productivity of forest and related ecosystems, and to what extent forest ecosystems will change in response to atmospheric changes, and (3) what are the implications for forest management and how must forest management activities be altered to sustain forest productivity, health, and diversity. The NGCP currently emphasizes scientific inquiry into the effects of multiple air pollutants and climate changes on forest ecosystems. As the program matures, the impacts of prospective changes on interactions between forest ecosystems and social and economic processes will be evaluated, as will policy options for mitigating or adapting to predicted changes.

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Birdsey, Richard A.; Hom, John L.; Emery, Marla 1996. The northern global change research program. In: Hom, John; Birdsey, Richard; O''Brian, Kelly, eds. Proceedings 1995 meeting of the northern global change program; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-214. Radnor, PA: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 1-6.

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