Drivers and Consequences of Changing Boreal Forest Productivity

Session ID#: 24719

Session Description:
Boreal forests cover vast high latitude expanses and provide a wide range of goods and services.  Some reports indicate widespread boreal forest productivity declines in recent decades coincident with warming and associated increases in drought, fire, insect outbreak and permafrost thaw (often referred to as a "browning" trend), while others indicate a broad stasis or even increasing productivity (a "greening" trend). Key next steps include improved change detection, reconciling diverse evidence, and increased understanding of underlying mechanisms. This session will focus on the drivers and consequences of northern forest browning or greening, as well as related productivity, demographic, compositional and structural changes. Submissions reporting research that uses a range of tools are encouraged, including ground-based measurements, remote sensing, and/or process based models. We especially encourage submissions that diagnose patterns and/or causes of vegetation change, assess the consequences for ecological services, provide improved mechanistic understanding, or reconcile multiple lines of evidence.
Primary Convener:  Michael Goulden, University of California Irvine, Department of Earth System Science, Irvine, CA, United States
Conveners:  Brendan M Rogers, Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States and Ted Hogg, Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • GC - Global Environmental Change
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Robbie A Hember, University of British Columbia, Victoria, BC, Canada, Werner A. Kurz, Canadian Forest Service, Victoria, BC, Canada and Nicholas C Coops, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Damien J Sulla-menashe, Curtis E Woodcock and Mark A Friedl, Boston University, Boston, MA, United States
Ana Tobio1, Michael M Loranty2, Heather Kropp3, Homero Pena III4, Heather Dawn Alexander4, Susan Natali5, Alexander L Kholodov6, Seth Spawn7 and Sabrina Farmer1, (1)Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, United States, (2)Colgate University, Geography, Hamilton, NY, United States, (3)The Woodlands, TX, United States, (4)Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, United States, (5)Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States, (6)University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States, (7)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
Youngdae Koh, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of (South), Jee-Hoon Jeong, Chonnam national university, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of (South), Baek-Min Kim, KOPRI Korea Polar Research Institute, Incheon, South Korea, Tae-Won Park, Chonnam National University, Department of Earth Science Education, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of (South) and Su-Jong Jeong, South University of Science and Technology of China, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shenzhen, China
Ling Hu1, Wnejie Fan1, Suhong Liu2, Huazhong Ren1 and Xiru Xu1, (1)Peking University, Beijing, China, (2)BNU Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
Lisa Welp, Purdue University, EAPS, West Lafayette, IN, United States, Leonardo Calle, Montana State University, Bozeman, United States, Heather D Graven, Imperial College London, London, SW7, United Kingdom and Benjamin Poulter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
Eric J Ward1, Mirindi Eric Dusenge2, Jeff Warren3, Danielle Way2, Bridget K. Murphy2, Anthony W King1, David McLennan4, Rebecca Montgomery5, Artur Stefanski6, Peter B. Reich7, Marisol Cruz Aguilar8, Stan Wullschleger9, Paul J Hanson1 and Raimundo Bermudez Villanueva6, (1)Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, (2)University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, (3)Oak Ridge National Lab, Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, (4)Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, United States, (5)University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Dept. of Forest Resources, Saint Paul, MN, United States, (6)University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, United States, (7)University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN, United States, (8)Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, (9)Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge, TN, United States

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