Webinar: Visualizing the Impact of Future Climate on Pine Forests

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View this webinar to learn how scientists are exploring the potential future impacts of climate change on pine forests.

Date Recorded

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Summary

Loblolly pine is the most productive and valuable commercial forest species in the southeast U.S. and comprises 80% of the planted forestland in the southeast. Southeastern forests contain 1/3 of the contiguous U.S. forest carbon and form the backbone of an industry that supplies 16% of global industrial wood. 

The Pine Integrated Network: Education, Mitigation, and Adaptation Project (PINEMAP) focuses on understanding this valuable resource and communicating how climate will affect planted loblolly pine forests in the southern US. Visualizing climate impacts can be challenging, especially when the issues of uncertainty and a spread of future climates scenarios are considered. The PINEMAP web tool is a solution for displaying the future climate scenarios in both time and space by exploring factors most important to southern pine tree management.

The downscaling effort for this work was supported in part by the Northwest and Southeast Climate Science Centers through the Evaluation and Downscaling of CMIP5 Climate Simulations for the Southeast U.S. project, which created critical inputs for the PINEMAP climate data visualization. 

Research support from: Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

View the webinar here

Resources

Transcript -- Boyles 2.2.16

Learn more about this project here

PINEMAP Fact Sheet