Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011 |

Climate change and forests | Vegetation modelling

Climate is one of the most important determinants of vegetation patterns globally and has significant influence on the distribution, structure and ecology of forests. Several climate-vegetation studies have shown that certain climatic regimes are associated with particular plant communities or functional types. It is therefore logical to assume that changes in climate would alter the distribution of forest ecosystems. Based on a range of vegetation modelling studies, UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 suggest potential forest dieback towards...

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