Projected Impacts of Global Climate Change on Forests and Water Resources of the Southeastern United States

  • Jeffrey G. Borchers
  • Ronald P. Neilson
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 128)


How will forest and water resources in the southeastern United States change over the next fifty to one hundred years? Resource managers looking this far into the future are faced with scenarios that include large ecological and economic impacts from global climate change. Although there is an emerging scientific consensus that anthropogenic global warming has been taking place (McCracken, 1995), the rate and magnitude of climate change and ecosystem responses cannot be predicted with any certainty. These and other uncertainties in the social, economic, and biophysical environments have engendered new, more ecosystem-oriented approaches to natural resources management (Christensen, 1996; Walters, 1986; Walters and Hulling, 1990). These new management paradigms seek to sustain the health of ecosystems (Borchers, 1996; Norton, 1992), for example, the productivity and diversity of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. In a rapidly changing climate however, sustaining ecosystem health becomes an even more elusive goal, a challenge that requires managers to be accountable for large uncertainties in the future.


Forest Type Digital Elevation Model Southern Region Leaf Area Index Total Leaf Area 
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  • Ronald P. Neilson

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