Multiyear drought-induced morbidity preceding tree death in southeastern U.S. forests.

  title={Multiyear drought-induced morbidity preceding tree death in southeastern U.S. forests.},
  author={Aaron B. Berdanier and James S. Clark},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={26 1},
  • A. B. BerdanierJ. Clark
  • Published 31 July 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
Recent forest diebacks, combined with threats of future drought, focus attention on the extent to which tree death is caused by catastrophic events as opposed to chronic declines in health that accumulate over years. While recent attention has focused on large-scale diebacks, there is concern that increasing drought stress and chronic morbidity may have pervasive impacts on forest composition in many regions. Here we use long-term, whole-stand inventory data from southeastern U.S. forests to… 

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