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Testing a Tree Productivity -Climate Model with Dendrochronological Data (pp. 141-162) $100.00
Authors:  (Yueh-Hsin Lo, Juan A. Blanco, Brad Seely, J.P. (Hamish) Kimmins and Clive Welham, School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (R.O.C., and others)
Ecological networks link different ecosystem parts allowing the transfer of matter
and energy. Among the ecosystem components, primary producers are vital for the rest of
ecosystem components as they use solar energy to produce biomass that will be later
processed by symbionts, parasites, herbivores, and their predators. In terrestrial
ecosystems, plants are the dominant primary producers, with trees as the most important
among them. Therefore, in a context of global change, it is necessary to understand how
changes in climate variables such as temperature and precipitation could affect the net
primary production (NPP) of trees. In this chapter we introduce our research on how
climate has affected the productivity of three conifer species in the Canadian Pacific
Northwest. Data on annual tree ring growth was compared with predictions from a simple
model of climate limitation on net primary production. The results showed that using a
simple predictor of NPP based on temperature, precipitation, and frost days, it is possible
to capture a significant portion of annual variability in tree ring growth, although an
appreciable variability remains unexplained. This research shows that simple ecological
models of NPP in forest ecosystems could be a suitable first step to create more complex
networks analyses for matter and energy fluxes in the ecosystem. 

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