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Potential impacts of regional climate change on site productivity of Larix olgensis plantations in northeast China

Chenchen Shen (1-2-3), Xiangdong Lei (3)   , Hongyu Liu (3), Lily Wang (1), Wanjun Liang (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 5, Pages 642-651 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1203-007
Published: Mar 02, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

Research Articles

Climate change is expected to substantially affect forest site productivity. However, its effects may vary depending on the climate scenario, region and tree species. We chose Larix olgensis in northeast China to investigate the responses of forest site productivity to regional climate change using a generalized additive model (GAM). Based on site index data and climate variables from 335 townships across the Jilin Province, we developed a climate-sensitive forest site index model, which accounted for 72.9% of the variation in the site index at the referred age of 20 (SI20). Our results indicated that climatic and geographic factors significantly affect forest site productivity. The geographic location, mean annual temperature, mean annual precipitation and mean temperature differential were found to be statistically significant explanatory variables. We predict that the change of mean SI20 would vary from 0.3 m to -0.8 m (2.2% to -5.9%) by 2050 and from 0.5 m to -1.6 m (3.7% to -11.8%) by 2070 under three BC-RCP scenarios with rising temperature and increasing precipitation. Our study suggests that climate is an important factor affecting forest site productivity. Future climate changes could affect the forest site productivity both positively and negatively for Larix olgensis in northeast China. The relationship between climate and forest site productivity has strong implications for adaptive forest management and needs to be considered in forest management planning under future climate change.


Site Productivity, Climate Change, Potential Impacts, Larix Olgensis

Authors’ address

Chenchen Shen
Lily Wang
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences 86, 100101 Beijing (China)
Chenchen Shen
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences 86, 100049 Beijing (China)
Chenchen Shen
Xiangdong Lei
Hongyu Liu
Institute of Forest Resource Information Techniques, Chinese Academy of Forestry 86, 100091 Beijing (China)
Wanjun Liang
Jilin Academy of Forestry 86, 130033 Changchun (China)

Corresponding author

Xiangdong Lei


Shen C, Lei X, Liu H, Wang L, Liang W (2015). Potential impacts of regional climate change on site productivity of Larix olgensis plantations in northeast China. iForest 8: 642-651. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1203-007

Academic Editor

Giorgio Matteucci

Paper history

Received: Dec 14, 2013
Accepted: Oct 28, 2014

First online: Mar 02, 2015
Publication Date: Oct 01, 2015
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