Pervasive growth reduction in norway spruce forests following wind disturbance

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In recent decades the frequency and severity of natural disturbances by e.g., strong winds and insect outbreaks has increased considerably in many forest ecosystems around the world. Future climate change is expected to further intensify disturbance regimes, which makes addressing disturbances in ecosystem management a top priority. As a prerequisite a broader understanding of disturbance impacts and ecosystem responses is needed. With regard to the effects of strong winds--the most detrimental disturbance agent in Europe--monitoring and management has focused on structural damage, i.e., tree mortality from uprooting and stem breakage. Effects on the functioning of trees surviving the storm (e.g., their productivity and allocation) have been rarely accounted for to date.

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Seidl, R., & Blennow, K. (2012). Pervasive growth reduction in norway spruce forests following wind disturbance. PLoS ONE, 7(3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0033301

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