We are working with stakeholders to develop a series of climate change adaptation management strategies for forests in the Central Hardwoods and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks region. Strategies focus on resistance, resilience, or transition of forests under climate change and vary the types of silvicultural practices considered and where and how much each practice occurs. We are implementing strategies in a forest landscape-modeling framework and will demonstrate the consequences of these alternative strategies on forest composition and structure in the region. The goal is to provide a large-scale perspective on the potential of forest adaptation strategies to address impacts of climate change on forests.
Research Partners:WIlliam Dijak, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station; Hong He, Professor, Department of Forestry, University of Missouri.