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Measuring and Managing Resilience Under Climate Change in Northern Great Lake Forests

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09/12/2014

Some of the most dramatic climate change effects to forests may be a decline in resilience to acute disturbances. I assessed the interactions of climate change, resilience, and management alternatives of northern Great Lake forests using a simulation modeling approach using LANDIS-II. I assessed resilience as the recovery of forest identity represented by two axes (i.e. aboveground biomass and species composition) following simulated fire. Simulations of the high emission climate scenario resulted in a decline in resilience across management scenarios.

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