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Species- and Elevation-Dependent Growth Responses to Climate Warming of Mountain Forests in the Qinling Mountains, Central China

AutorLiu, Bo; Liang, Eryuan; Liu, Kang; Camarero, Jesús Julio
Fecha de publicación4-may-2018
EditorMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
CitaciónForests 9 (5): 248 (2018)
ResumenClimate warming is significantly affecting the composition and function of forest ecosystems. However, the forest responses to climate change in sub-humid and temperate areas are understudied compared with cold and semi-arid areas. Here, we investigate the radial-growth responses of two subalpine conifer species along an elevational gradient located in the Qinling Mountains, a sub-humid and temperate area situated in central China. Three sites dominated by larch (<i>Larix chinensis</i> Beissn.) and two other sites dominated by fir (<i>Abies fargesii</i> Franch.) located at different elevations were sampled. <i>L. chinensis</i> at a higher elevation showed more common and stronger climatic signals than <i>A. fargesii</i> at a lower elevation. The radial growth of <i>L. chinensis</i> was limited by low pre-growing season temperatures and showed an increasing growth trend in the last few years. On the other hand, <i>A. fargesii</i> growth was limited by summer water shortage and it was characterized by a declining trend in the most recent decade. Consequently, <i>L. chinensis</i> would benefit from climate warming, whereas <i>A. fargesii</i> could be regarded as a vulnerable tree species to warming-induced drought stress.
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3390/f9050248
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/doi: 10.3390/f9050248
Identificadoresdoi: 10.3390/f9050248
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