Title: Growth responses of West-Mediterranean Pinus nigra to climate change are modulated by competition and productivity: Past trends and future perspectives
Authors: Martin-Benito, Dario ×
Kint, Vincent
Del Rio, Miren
Muys, Bart
Canellas, Isabel #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Elsevier Scientific Pub. Co.
Series Title: Forest Ecology and Management vol:262 issue:6 pages:1030-1040
Abstract: Positive and negative effects of climate change on forest growth have been observed in different parts of
the world. However, much is still unknown about how forest structure and productivity might affect
climate–growth relationships in the future. We examined the effects of climate, site quality, and competition
on tree basal area growth of black pine (Pinus nigra Arn.) between 1964 and 2005 in 21 sites in the
Iberian Peninsula. We used a new approach to simultaneously account for climate–growth relationships,
inter-annual growth variability, and stand structural changes, by fitting a linear mixed effects model
(LMEM) for basal area increments (BAI) using climate data, tree-ring chronologies, and repeated forest
inventory data. This approach showed the potential to improve our understanding of climate effects
on tree growth and to include climate in empirical forest growth models. We used the LMEM to make
projections of BAI growth under two CO2 emission scenarios and two global circulation models (GCM).
The main climate drivers for growth were precipitation from previous autumn to summer and winter
temperature with a positive effect, and temperature in spring–summer which had a negative effect. Tree
response to climate was modulated by stand conditions, tree competition, and productivity. The more
productive stands showed greater ability to either maintain or increase growth at warmer spring–
summer temperatures under different levels of autumn–summer precipitation. Growth projections
showed important regional differences. In general, growth under future climate is predicted to decrease
although moderate growth increases might be expected in the northern region for highly and moderately
productive stands.
ISSN: 0378-1127
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

Files in This Item:
File Description Status SizeFormat
Growth responses of West-Mediterranean Pinus nigra to climate change are.pdf Published 663KbAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

These files are only available to some KU Leuven Association staff members


All items in Lirias are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

© Web of science