Numerical models have long predicted that the deforestation of the Amazon would lead to large regional changes in precipitation and temperature, but the extratropical effects of deforestation have been a matter of controversy. This paper investigates the simulated impacts of deforestation on the northwest United States December–February climate.
If a tree falls in Brazil…? Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S. Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University
In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Prof. David Medvigy and other Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires.
Accurate prediction of changes in spring budburst in response to climate change is critical for predicting changes in ecosystem dynamics and feedbacks to climate.
Medvigy and collaborators report on the effects of gypsy moth attacks on the carbon budget of a New Jersey forest.