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Impact of climate change on radial growth of Siberian spruce and Scots pine in North-western Russia

E Lopatin (1-3)   , T Kolström (2), H Spiecker (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 13-21 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0447-0010013
Published: Feb 28, 2008 - Copyright © 2008 SISEF

Research Articles

When adapting forest management practices to a changing environment, it is very important to understand the response of an unmanaged natural forest to climate change. The method used to identify major climatic factors influencing radial growth of Siberian spruce and Scots pine along a latitudinal gradient in north-western Russia is dendroclimatic analysis. A clear increasing long-term trend was identified in air temperature and precipitation. During the last 20 years, all meteorological stations experienced temperature increases, and 40 years ago precipitation began to increase. This is shown by the radial increment of Siberian spruce and Scots pine. Therefore, climate change could partly explain the increased forest productivity. The total variance explained by temperature varied from 22% to 41% and precipitation from 19% to 38%. The significant climatic parameters for radial increment in Komi Republic were identified, and the relation between temperature and precipitation in explained variance changes over time for Siberian spruce.


Climate change, Growth trends, Pinus sylvestris L., Picea obovata Ledeb., Dendrochronology

Authors’ address

E Lopatin
University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forestry, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101, Joensuu (Finland)
T Kolström
Mekrijärvi Research Station, University of Joensuu, Yliopistontie 4, FI-82900, Ilomantsi (Finland)
E Lopatin
Institute of Biology, Komi Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kommunisticheskaya str. 28, 167000, Syktyvkar (Russia)
H Spiecker
Institute for Forest Growth, University of Freiburg, Tennenbacherstr. 4, D-79085 Freiburg (Germany)

Corresponding author


Lopatin E, Kolström T, Spiecker H (2008). Impact of climate change on radial growth of Siberian spruce and Scots pine in North-western Russia. iForest 1: 13-21. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0447-0010013

Paper history

Received: Jan 24, 2008
Accepted: Feb 01, 2008

First online: Feb 28, 2008
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2008
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