Mountain pine beetle and forest carbon feedback to climate change

  title={Mountain pine beetle and forest carbon feedback to climate change},
  author={W. Kurz and C. Dymond and G. Stinson and G. J. Rampley and E. Neilson and A. L. Carroll and T. Ebata and L. Safranyik},
  • W. Kurz, C. Dymond, +5 authors L. Safranyik
  • Published 2008
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins, Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) is a native insect of the pine forests of western North America, and its populations periodically erupt into large-scale outbreaks. During outbreaks, the resulting widespread tree mortality reduces forest carbon uptake and increases future emissions from the decay of killed trees. The impacts of insects on forest carbon dynamics, however, are generally ignored in large-scale modelling analyses. The… CONTINUE READING
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