Canadian Forest Service Publications

Boreal forest sensitivity to global warming: implications for forest management in western interior Canada. 1991. Singh, T.; Wheaton, E.E. Forestry Chronicle 67(4): 342-348.

Year: 1991

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11344

Language: English

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Unmitigated global warming due to the enhanced greenhouse effect could have significant impacts on the boreal forest in interior western Canada. Increases in annual temperature of 3 to 7 °C are projected for Alberta under a 2 × CO2 scenario by 2030 – 2050 A.D. Such an unprecedented rate of change has many short- and long-term implications for forest management and for industries. As the boreal forest is highly sensitive to climatic changes, foresters need to develop a set of safe strategies to minimize the negative impacts and maximize the benefits of these changes.