inbriefclimate | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012 |

Climate Change and Indian Forest

Climate is one of the most important determinant of vegetation patterns globally and has a significant influence over distribution, structure and ecology of forests. Several climate-vegetation studies have shown that 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, United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 suggested potential forest dieback towards...

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