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Impact of recent climatic change on growth of low elevation eastern Mediterranean forest trees

Sarris, Dimitrios and Christodoulakis, D. and Körner, Christian. (2011) Impact of recent climatic change on growth of low elevation eastern Mediterranean forest trees. Climatic change, Vol. 106, H. 2. pp. 203-223.

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Abstract

Evidence is presented of how Pinus halepensis Miller from dry habitats at > 300 m elevation of four Greek island regions have responded to climatic conditions of the last two centuries. We compared historical periods of low growth due to low precipitation with the recent period of significant precipitation decline. In all cases trees' growth patterns across the twentieth century were consistent with trends in annual (rather than seasonal) precipitation, with lowest values in both precipitation and radial growth during the last two decades of the twentieth century, the worst conditions for tree growth in more than 200 years. The data are compared with trends across different vegetation belts of the northern Mediterranean basin. Drought related tree mortality in Greece in 2000 and 2007 coincided with the most severe fire outbreaks on record. IPCC WG I (2007) climate scenarios for the Mediterranean suggest a further decline in precipitation, particularly in the eastern regions. Should this occur, growth reduction in trees, tree mortality and damage from forest fires are likely to become more severe.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Pflanzenökologie (Körner)
UniBasel Contributors:Körner, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0165-0009
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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