Warming-induced upslope advance of subalpine forest is severely limited by geomorphic processes.

@article{MaciasFauria2013WarminginducedUA,
  title={Warming-induced upslope advance of subalpine forest is severely limited by geomorphic processes.},
  author={Marc Macias-Fauria and E. Andrew Johnson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 20},
  pages={8117-22}
}
Forests are expected to expand into alpine areas because of climate warming, causing land-cover change and fragmentation of alpine habitats. However, this expansion will only occur if the present upper treeline is limited by low-growing season temperatures that reduce plant growth. This temperature limitation has not been quantified at a landscape scale. Here, we show that temperature alone cannot realistically explain high-elevation tree cover over a >100-km(2) area in the Canadian Rockies and… CONTINUE READING
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