Mesoscale Disturbance and Ecological Response to Decadal Climatic Variability in the American Southwest

Thomas W. Swetnam, Julio L. Betancourt

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Abstract

Climatic variables such as radiation, temperature and precipitation determine rates of ecosystem processes from net primary productivity to soil development. They predict a wide array of biogeographic phenomena, including soil carbon pools, vegetation physiognomy, species range, and plant and animal diversity. Climate also influences ecosystems indirectly by modulating the frequency, magnitude, and spatial scales of natural disturbances (Clark 1988; Overpeck et al. 1990; Swetnam 1993).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Global Change Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages329-359
Number of pages31
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Publication series

NameAdvances in Global Change Research
Volume41
ISSN (Print)1574-0919
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1621

Keywords

  • Fire Activity
  • Fire Suppression
  • Insect Outbreak
  • Large Fire
  • Palmer Drought Severity Index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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    Swetnam, T. W., & Betancourt, J. L. (2010). Mesoscale Disturbance and Ecological Response to Decadal Climatic Variability in the American Southwest. In Advances in Global Change Research (pp. 329-359). (Advances in Global Change Research; Vol. 41). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8736-2_32