Canadian Forest Service Publications

Biometeorological research in Canadian forest entomology - a review. 1966. Wellington, W.G.; Sullivan, C.R.; Green, G.W. International Journal of Biometeorology 10(1): 3-15.

Year: 1966

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25881

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/BF01636116

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This is a review of the methods and results of a large number of biometeorological studies during the last 20 years in Canada. The intensive biometeorological program developed for Canadian forest entomology just after World War II rejected generally accepted pre-war approaches to problems involving weather and insects, because they used classical climatological methods, and were concentrated on insect development and survival.Our initial approach emphasized instead the effects of weather on behavior and activity.Meteorological methods were derived mainly from synoptic meteorology and climatology. They included descriptions of events in the microenvironment in terms of air-mass weather,and techniques for determining annual or seasonal changes in the numbers and types of weather systems that passed over large and sparsely settled forested areas. Biological methods included simultaneous laboratory and field studies of insects in extreme situations. By exploiting these methods we have been able to return to the larger problems of the impact of weather on development and survival with sounder knowledge of biological and meteorological events in the microenvironment where insects live,and where they must act effectively if they are to survive and reproduce.