Canadian Forest Service Publications

The impact of climate change at the Turkey Lakes Watershed. 2013. Hazlett, P.; Beall, F.; Webster, K. Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Frontline Express 76.2p.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35169

Language: English

Series: Frontline Express (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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The Turkey Lakes Watershed Study was established in 1980, initially as a response to concerns about the effects of acid rain. Over the last 30 years, Great Lakes Forestry Centre researchers in collaboration with partners from Environment Canada have measured climate variables, atmospheric deposition, water quantity and quality and tree growth. The resulting comprehensive data set has allowed for the study of climatic trends and their effects on the forest ecosystem. Records show an increase in mean temperature of approximately 1°C per decade, more frequent droughts and a shorter duration of ice cover on lakes. Average forest growth declined, but varied with topographic position: decline was greater on moister, lower slope positions. This research improves our understanding of the impacts of climate change and supports the government’s mandate to protect Canada’s forests.