“Given the high degree of uncertainty in our understanding of how forest species and stands adapt to rapid change, it’s going to be difficult to anticipate the type of forests that will be here in 20 to 40 years, ” James S. Clark, senior study author and Duke University’s Nicholas Professor of Environmental Science said in a release.
Climate may be changing more quickly than forest populations can move to new regions, too, according to growing evidence. The study was made public published in the Early View online edition of the journal Global Change Biology. Forest managers must take steps now to help reduce large-scale problems, the researchers warned. Frequent wildfires are one of the consequences of the change. But the whole biologic chain based on the forest environment will be affected. However, what to do exactly is difficult to say in details. A strategy must be elaborated in a short time.