Constraints on Terrestrial Primary Productivity in Temperate Forests Along the Pacific Coast of North and South America

  • R. H. Waring
  • W. E. Winner
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 116)


When residents of the temperate forest regions along the Pacific Ocean of North and South America exchange places, their first impression is that the climates of the two continents are similar but out of phase. The second impression is that the forests, although predominantly evergreen in both places, differ in form. Broadleaf, broad-crowned trees are common in the south; whereas narrowleaf, narrow-crowned trees occur in the north. In both regions, the climates are moderated by the Pacific Ocean. This maritime influence allows considerable photosynthesis by evergreen species beyond the normal growing season (Alaback, 1991; Waring & Franklin, 1979).


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