Mesoscale Disturbance and Ecological Response to Decadal Climatic Variability in the American Southwest

@inproceedings{Swetnam1997MesoscaleDA,
  title={Mesoscale Disturbance and Ecological Response to Decadal Climatic Variability in the American Southwest},
  author={Thomas W Swetnam},
  year={1997}
}
Ecological responses to climatic variability in the Southwest include regionally synchronized fires, insect outbreaks, and pulses in tree demography (births and deaths). Multicentury, tree-ring reconstructions of drought, disturbance history, and tree demography reveal climatic effects across scales, from annual to decadal, and from local (,102 km2) to mesoscale (104–106 km2). Climate–disturbance relations are more variable and complex than previously assumed. During the past three centuries… CONTINUE READING
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