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Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges

(2015) JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY. 103(1). p.5-15
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1. Anthropogenic global change compromises forest resilience, with profound impacts to ecosystem functions and services. This synthesis paper reflects on the current understanding of forest resilience and potential tipping points under environmental change and explores challenges to assessing responses using experiments, observations and models. 2. Forests are changing over a wide range of spatio-temporal scales, but it is often unclear whether these changes reduce resilience or represent a tipping point. Tipping points may arise from interactions across scales, as processes such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species or deforestation gradually erode resilience and increase vulnerability to extreme events. Studies covering interactions across different spatio-temporal scales are needed to further our understanding. 3. Combinations of experiments, observations and process-based models could improve our ability to project forest resilience and tipping points under global change. We discuss uncertainties in changing CO2 concentration and quantifying tree mortality as examples. 4. Synthesis. As forests change at various scales, it is increasingly important to understand whether and how such changes lead to reduced resilience and potential tipping points. Understanding the mechanisms underlying forest resilience and tipping points would help in assessing risks to ecosystems and presents opportunities for ecosystem restoration and sustainable forest management.
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climate change, CO2, drought, environmental change, mortality, plant-climate interactions, regime shifts, review, spatio-temporal scales, vulnerability, GLOBAL VEGETATION MODEL, CLIMATE-CHANGE IMPACTS, AMAZON RAIN-FOREST, CARBON-DIOXIDE, ELEVATED CO2, TREE MORTALITY, BOREAL FOREST, REGIME SHIFTS, PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY, CRITICAL TRANSITIONS, cavelab

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Reyer, Christopher PO, et al. “Forest Resilience and Tipping Points at Different Spatio-Temporal Scales: Approaches and Challenges.” JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, vol. 103, no. 1, 2015, pp. 5–15.
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Reyer, C. P., Brouwers, N., Rammig, A., Brook, B. W., Epila, J., Grant, R. F., … Villela, D. M. (2015). Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 103(1), 5–15.
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Reyer, Christopher PO, Niels Brouwers, Anja Rammig, Barry W Brook, Jackie Epila, Robert F Grant, Milena Holmgren, et al. 2015. “Forest Resilience and Tipping Points at Different Spatio-Temporal Scales: Approaches and Challenges.” JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 103 (1): 5–15.
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Reyer, Christopher PO, Niels Brouwers, Anja Rammig, Barry W Brook, Jackie Epila, Robert F Grant, Milena Holmgren, Fanny Langerwisch, Sebastian Leuzinger, Wolfgang Lucht, Belinda Medlyn, Marion Pfeifer, Jörg Steinkamp, Mark C Vanderwel, Hans Verbeeck, and Dora M Villela. 2015. “Forest Resilience and Tipping Points at Different Spatio-Temporal Scales: Approaches and Challenges.” JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 103 (1): 5–15.
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Reyer CP, Brouwers N, Rammig A, Brook BW, Epila J, Grant RF, et al. Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY. 2015;103(1):5–15.
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C. P. Reyer et al., “Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges,” JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. 5–15, 2015.
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  abstract     = {1. Anthropogenic global change compromises forest resilience, with profound impacts to ecosystem functions and services. This synthesis paper reflects on the current understanding of forest resilience and potential tipping points under environmental change and explores challenges to assessing responses using experiments, observations and models. 
2. Forests are changing over a wide range of spatio-temporal scales, but it is often unclear whether these changes reduce resilience or represent a tipping point. Tipping points may arise from interactions across scales, as processes such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species or deforestation gradually erode resilience and increase vulnerability to extreme events. Studies covering interactions across different spatio-temporal scales are needed to further our understanding. 
3. Combinations of experiments, observations and process-based models could improve our ability to project forest resilience and tipping points under global change. We discuss uncertainties in changing CO2 concentration and quantifying tree mortality as examples. 
4. Synthesis. As forests change at various scales, it is increasingly important to understand whether and how such changes lead to reduced resilience and potential tipping points. Understanding the mechanisms underlying forest resilience and tipping points would help in assessing risks to ecosystems and presents opportunities for ecosystem restoration and sustainable forest management.},
  author       = {Reyer, Christopher PO and Brouwers, Niels and Rammig, Anja and Brook, Barry W and Epila, Jackie and Grant, Robert F and Holmgren, Milena and Langerwisch, Fanny and Leuzinger, Sebastian and Lucht, Wolfgang and Medlyn, Belinda and Pfeifer, Marion and Steinkamp, Jörg and Vanderwel, Mark C and Verbeeck, Hans and Villela, Dora M},
  issn         = {0022-0477},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY},
  keywords     = {climate change,CO2,drought,environmental change,mortality,plant-climate interactions,regime shifts,review,spatio-temporal scales,vulnerability,GLOBAL VEGETATION MODEL,CLIMATE-CHANGE IMPACTS,AMAZON RAIN-FOREST,CARBON-DIOXIDE,ELEVATED CO2,TREE MORTALITY,BOREAL FOREST,REGIME SHIFTS,PRIMARY PRODUCTIVITY,CRITICAL TRANSITIONS,cavelab},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {5--15},
  title        = {Forest resilience and tipping points at different spatio-temporal scales: approaches and challenges},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12337},
  volume       = {103},
  year         = {2015},
}

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