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ESS Wed Seminar: "Tree Response to Drought in the Wetter Half of the United States" by Professor Kim Novick, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Date and Time: 
May 31, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:20pm
Y2E2 Building, Room 111
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Contact Phone: 
(650) 724-4739
Event Sponsor: 
Department of Earth System Science

Drought events are major disruptors of ecosystem carbon and water cycles, with important feedbacks to the climate system. Our understanding of tree response to drought has largely been shaped by work in persistently water-limited forests of the Western U.S., where droughts are long and often lethal. This talk will present new insights into how trees respond to drought in the relatively wetter Eastern US, where tree mortality is more rare, but drought-driven declines in forest carbon uptake, water use, and growth may nonetheless be profound.