Peter Reich, director of the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability Institute for Global Change Biology, discusses how even relatively modest climate warming and associated precipitation shifts can change Earth’s northernmost forests. Using infrared lamps and soil heating cables on nine tree species in far northern forests, Reich notes the impact on the health and diversity of the forests as warmer and drier conditions are already leading to declines in tree growth and survival. The faculty expert further highlights findings from the research study.
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