Waldforschung: Offener Zugang

Waldforschung: Offener Zugang
Offener Zugang

ISSN: 2168-9776


Forest Management and Climate Changing Conditions: Some Insight from Pinus nigra Arn. Ssp. Salzmannii Cuenca Mountains Forest

Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja

In the Mediterranean region, rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall will lead to increased occurrence of drought periods. Yearly rainfall is expected to drop by up to 20% of current annual precipitation, with up to 50% reduction in summer [1]. However precipitation is expected to increase in winter. Annual mean temperature increases throughout southern Europe would be in the order of 3-4°C (4-5°C in summer and 2-3°C in winter). Models predict changes in frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme events with more hot days, heat waves, heavy precipitation events, and fewer cold days [2]. Our studies support this warming trend in the Cuenca Mountains, as well as a higher likelihood of extreme drought events .