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An Index for Assessing Climate Change and Elevated Carbon Dioxide Effects on Loblolly Pine Productivity

  • David Arthur Sampson
  • H. Lee Allen
  • Philip M. Dougherty
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 128)

Abstract

Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) forests represent the major forest type in the southern United States. The loblolly pine region extends from Delaware and centraI Maryland south to central Florida and west to eastern Oklahoma and Texas (Fowells, 1965). The wide range of loblolly pine largely results from its rapid growth and its successful adaptation to many varieties of soil types and environmental conditions. These and other factors have made loblolly pine an important commercial species in the region. However, although loblolly pine occurs on a many types of sites, its commercial value, as measured by net primary productivity (NPP), varies tremendously and is strongly determined by variability in the local climate and stand and site conditions (McNulty et al., 1997). Uncertainty regarding potential changes in climate as a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has caused concern for the future commercial viability of loblolly pine forests.

Keywords

Leaf Area Index Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Grow Season Precipitation Terrestrial Ecosystem Model Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Model 
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  • David Arthur Sampson
  • H. Lee Allen
  • Philip M. Dougherty

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