© 2014

Climate Change and United States Forests

  • David L. Peterson
  • James M. Vose
  • Toral Patel-Weynand


  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date view of climate change effects in U.S. forests

  • Easy-to-read and accessible to a broad readership including researchers, natural resource managers and interested members of the public

  • More than 1000 references help make this a widely useful source of scientific documentation


Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 57)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Seeking the Climate Change Signal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David L. Peterson, Kailey W. Marcinkowski
      Pages 3-11
    3. Chelcy F. Miniat, David L. Peterson
      Pages 13-22
  3. Effects of Climatic Variability and Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Michael G. Ryan, James M. Vose, Paul J. Hanson, Louis R. Iverson, Chelcy F. Miniat, Charles H. Luce et al.
      Pages 25-54
    3. Matthew P. Ayres, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Becky K. Kerns, Don McKenzie, Jeremy S. Littell, Lawrence E. Band et al.
      Pages 55-92
    4. David N. Wear, Linda A. Joyce, Brett J. Butler, Cassandra Johnson Gaither, David J. Nowak, Susan I. Stewart
      Pages 93-112
    5. David L. Peterson, Jane M. Wolken, Teresa N. Hollingsworth, Christian P. Giardina, Jeremy S. Littell, Linda A. Joyce et al.
      Pages 113-148
  4. Responding to Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Kenneth E. Skog, Duncan C. McKinley, Richard A. Birdsey, Sarah J. Hines, Christopher W. Woodall, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt et al.
      Pages 151-182
    3. Constance I. Millar, Christopher W. Swanston, David L. Peterson
      Pages 183-222
    4. Dennis S. Ojima, Louis R. Iverson, Brent L. Sohngen, James M. Vose, Christopher W. Woodall, Grant M. Domke et al.
      Pages 223-244
  5. Scientific Issues and Priorities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Toral Patel-Weynand, David L. Peterson, James M. Vose
      Pages 247-252
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-261

About this book


This volume offers a scientific assessment of the effects of climatic variability and change on forest resources in the United States. Derived from a report that provides technical input to the 2013 U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the book serves as a framework for managing U.S. forest resources in the context of climate change. The authors focus on topics having the greatest potential to alter the structure and function of forest ecosystems, and therefore ecosystem services, by the end of the 21st century. Part I provides an environmental context for assessing the effects of climate change on forest resources, summarizing changes in environmental stressors, followed by state-of-science projections for future climatic conditions relevant to forest ecosystems. Part II offers a wide-ranging assessment of vulnerability of forest ecosystems and ecosystem services to climate change. The authors anticipate that altered disturbance regimes and stressors will have the biggest effects on forest ecosystems, causing long-term changes in forest conditions. Part III outlines responses to climate change, summarizing current status and trends in forest carbon, effects of carbon management, and carbon mitigation strategies. Adaptation strategies and a proposed framework for risk assessment, including case studies, provide a structured approach for projecting and responding to future changes in resource conditions and ecosystem services. Part IV describes how sustainable forest management, which guides activities on most public and private lands in the United States, can provide an overarching structure for mitigating and adapting to climate change.


Climate change adaptation Climate change effects Climate change mitigation Ecological disturbance Forest ecosystems

Editors and affiliations

  • David L. Peterson
    • 1
  • James M. Vose
    • 2
  • Toral Patel-Weynand
    • 3
  1. 1.Pacific Northwest Research StationU. S. Forest ServiceSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Southern Research StationU. S. Forest ServiceRaleighUSA
  3. 3.Research and DevelopmentU. S. Forest ServiceArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the book reviews:

Selected by Choice magazine as an "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2014

“This edited volume, which explores the impacts of climate change on US forests, consists of ten chapters, each written by a capable team of specialists. … The work synthesizes an impressive amount of research, and will serve well as a go-to resource, with extensive reference lists to direct interested readers back to the relevant primary literature. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; two-year technical program students.” (A. Richardson, Choice, Vol. 51 (11), August, 2014)