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Climate change tree testing begins

March 30, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments



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Scientists in Europe are attempting to determine which trees will thrive during predicted climate change.
Trees from around the world are being planted in test patches in an effort to identify which will survive the best over the coming years and decades as the climate changes. "The kind of information we're getting out of it is going to inform the policy makers and the foresters of the future about the species that they will be able to use," said Chris Jones of the Wales Foresty Commission.
European forestry scientists have begun a multi-national field trial to identify trees that will thrive as predicted climate change develops. Thousands of trees are being planted in test plots from Portugal in the south to Scotland in the north. The trees will be measured and monitored as they grow in the diverse environments.


Source: BBC News | Comments (5)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Pareto 10 years ago
Does who will not survive will be cut down and sent to the lumber mill immediately and more couches will be made.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
What tree species will survive? Probably the same species that lived through the last inter-glacial period. If it gets warmer trees will move to higher latitudes or higher altitudes, if it gets colder, the reverse will occur. We think of trees as slow growing because we have a relatively short life span by comparison, however in geologic time they can quickly colonize favorable habitats. The climate is always changing and plants survive the changes; it's called adaptation. The "global warming" seems to have ceased over the last several years. It is not universally accepted that it will continu... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Doug1029 10 years ago
What tree species will survive? Probably the same species that lived through the last inter-glacial period. If it gets warmer trees will move to higher latitudes or higher altitudes, if it gets colder, the reverse will occur. We think of trees as slow growing because we have a relatively short life span by comparison, however in geologic time they can quickly colonize favorable habitats. This is, essentially, a provenance test. These have been going on since forever. Usually it's just to find out what varieties from other areas can survive and do well in this area and vice versa. These are lon... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by Alienated Being 10 years ago
This time, warming is occurring much faster - fast enough that plants and animals aren't moving poleward fast enough to keep up with rising temperatures. Once the necessary habitat conditions outrun the species, that's extinction. Oaks go under first - cottonwoods last. At the very least, we're going to see radically altered plant and animal communities, if not ecosystem collapse. Business-as-usual means disaster has already been entrained. Warming is occurring much "faster" simply because we do not possess the technological means of measuring temperature variations millions of years in the pa... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by mitchall 10 years ago
Another 'COSTLY" program using money which i feel sure could actually benefit where it is really needed !


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