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Guiding Douglas-fir seed selection in Europe under changing climates: bioclimatic envelope model predictions versus growth observed in provenance trials

  • Author / Creator
    Isaac-Renton, Miriam G
  • Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco) is one of the most ecologically and economically important tree species in both its native range in North America and in its introduced range in Europe. The aim of this research is to inform the European Douglas-fir reforestation strategy under changing climates. This was done by 1) synthesizing results from a wealth of provenance experiments that have never been analyzed in a comprehensive manner, 2) by showing that a bioclimatic envelope model developed for North America was generally capable of predicting the observed provenance performance in diverse planting sites, and 3), using the model to map suitable populations for planting under climate change scenarios. The practical recommendations can be used as a decision-making tool to help European forest professionals target well-suited populations to ensure continued forest health and productivity.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R39P2WH6P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Renewable Resources
  • Specialization
    • Forest Biology and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Hamann, Andreas (Renewable Resources)
    • Spiecker, Heinrich (University of Freiburg, Institute for Forest Growth)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Hamann, Andreas (Renewable Resources)
    • Yang, Rong-Cai (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
    • Hacke, Uwe (Renewable Resources)