Investigation of how ecological disturbances respond to or create feedbacks with climate-vegetation interactions under climate change along the Appalachian Trail
This project is exploring how ecological disturbances respond to or create feedbacks with climate-vegetation interactions under climate change. The focal area is the Appalachian Trail (AT), a north-south MEGA-Transect in the eastern USA representing variation in current vegetation, climate, and disturbance conditions.
The team is working to merge dynamic global vegetation model (MC1) and empirical modeling approaches (DISTRIB) to identify major model responses that are relevant for risk assessment under multiple regional climate change scenarios. CoPIs are Erica Smithwick (UPa) and Louis Iverson (USFS) with funding from (DOE) NICCR.