Predicting forest expansion into alpine areas

08 April 2013


doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221278110 PNAS April 8, 2013 Authors Marc Macias-Fauria, Biodiversity Institute and Edward A. Johnson

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Forests are expected to expand into alpine areas because of climate warming, causing land-cover change and fragmentation of alpine habitats. However, this expansion will only occur if the present upper treeline is limited by low-growing season temperatures that reduce plant growth.