Preserving Trees Through Climate Change

ASU researchers studying how to preserve tree species amid climate change



TEMPE, Ariz. — Two researchers at Arizona State University are aiming to help officials manage trees based on how different types are affected by climate change.


Janet Franklin, a geography professor, and Pep Serra-Diaz, a postdoctoral researcher, are using computer models to study how quickly a tree species and its habitat will be exposed to climate change. That information is used to locate areas with specific elevations and latitudes where trees could survive and repopulate.


“This is information that would hopefully be useful to foresters, natural resource (agencies and) policymakers because they could say, ‘OK, here’s a region where the tree or this forest may not be at as much risk of climate change … where we might want to focus our management attention,'” Franklin said.


Read the full article, by Chris Cole and published by KTAR in Arizona, click here.