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Glimpses of the future: Drought damage leads to widespread forest death


March 30, 2015

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The 2000-2003 drought in the American Southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. A team of scientists developed a new modeling tool to explain how and where trembling aspen forests died as a result of this drought, based on damage to the individual trees' ability to transport water. Their results suggest that more widespread die-offs of aspen forests triggered by climate change are likely by the 2050s. Full Story

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Carnegie Institution

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