Alpine Treelines: Functional Ecology of the Global High by Christian Körner

By Christian Körner

Alpine treelines mark the low-temperature restrict of tree development and ensue in mountains world-wide. proposing a spouse to his ebook Alpine Plant Life, Christian Körner presents a world synthesis of the treeline phenomenon from sub-arctic to equatorial latitudes and a useful clarification in accordance with the biology of timber. the excellent textual content methods the topic in a multi-disciplinary manner by means of exploring wooded area styles on the fringe of tree lifestyles, tree morphology, anatomy, climatology and, according to this, modelling treeline place, describing copy and inhabitants approaches, improvement, phenology, evolutionary points, in addition to summarizing facts at the body structure of carbon, water and nutrient kin, and tension body structure. It closes with an account on treelines long ago (palaeo-ecology) and a bit on worldwide switch results on treelines, now and sooner or later. With greater than a hundred illustrations, lots of them in color, the publication exhibits alpine treelines from all over the world and gives a wealth of clinical info within the kind of diagrams and tables.

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If measured too deep in the soil, the required averaging period becomes very long, if measured close to the surface, peculiarities of the location may cause a lot of short term variation in response to litter, sunflecks, moisture. Soil temperatures at 10 cm depth are a compromise in this respect and offer a very convenient (because easy to measure) surrogate of air temperature at treeline, without attributing any a priori ecological (physiological) meaning to that specific soil temperature (K€ orner and Paulsen 2004).

Summary of root-zone temperature data ( C) from climatic treelines for the bioclimatic zones as presented in Figs. 9. ). 3 Treeline temperatures in different bioclimatic regions This section offers examples for the seasonal course of temperature at treelines in different climatic zones during the past 15 years. Although temperatures were measured in soil under trees, these temperatures resemble diurnal means of air temperature, given the resolution of the diagrams shown (Fig. 1). 2  C soil temperature threshold used for the onset and end of the growing season as defined above (mean for four sites in the Alps).

As air masses move toward elevated terrain and are forced upslope, they cool, atmospheric moisture condenses, forming clouds, and precipitation becomes enhanced at the periphery of a mountain systems. The interior of mountains is thus drier and receives more sunshine hours. This, combined with slope warming by enhanced irradiation and reduced evaporative cooling at landscape scale, causes isotherms to shift to higher elevations in the centre of mountain systems, and so do treelines and any other temperature-related phenomena such as snowline or general vegetation boundaries (Fig.

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