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Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Science

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

[Photo:] landscape  with lake and forested hills.Human activities have caused a substantial rise in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and impacted the earth’s climate. Changes in temperature, precipitation, and other climatic variables are expected to result in significant changes to the location, composition, and function of forested ecosystems worldwide. Responses include altered phenology, productivity, carbon & nutrient cycling, reproduction, species distributions, competitive interactions, community composition, and mortality rates. Because forestlands cover a substantial portion of the earth’s land surface and provide essential ecosystem services, sustainable forest management is critical for both the adaptation of forests to changing climatic conditions as well as mitigation of increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

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