Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States: translating science into management responses

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  • Authors: Vose, James M.; Peterson, David L.; Luce, Charles H.; Patel-Weynand, Toral
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
  • Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-98. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Washington Office. 227 p.
  • DOI: 10.2737/WO-GTR-98

Abstract

Most regions of the United States are projected to experience a higher frequency of severe droughts and longer dry periods as a result of a warming climate. Even if current drought regimes remain unchanged, higher temperatures will interact with drought to exacerbate moisture limitation and water stress. Observations of regional-scale drought impacts and expectations of more frequent and severe droughts prompted a recent state-of-science synthesis (Vose et al. 2016). The current volume builds on that synthesis and provides region-specific management options for increasing resilience to drought for Alaska and Pacific Northwest, California, Hawai‘i and U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands, Interior West, Great Plains, Northeast and Midwest, and Southeast.

  • Citation: Vose, James M.; Peterson, David L.; Luce, Charles H.; Patel-Weynand, Toral., eds. 2019. Effects of drought on forests and rangelands in the United States: translating science into management responses. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-98. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Washington Office. 227 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/WO-GTR-98
  • Keywords: Adaptation, ecological drought, forests, hydrological drought, rangelands, resilience
  • Posted Date: September 27, 2019
  • Modified Date: December 8, 2019
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