Future Forest Sensitivity to Tropospheric Ozone: Interactive Effects of Climate Warming and Altered Forest Composition

Project Overview
Project Abstract: 
The world is undergoing a series of large changes in climate. For example, temperatures in the Great Lakes region are expected to increase over the next century. Average annual temperature is predicted to rise between 2 to 6 °C by 2100. Precipitation patterns are expected to change significantly as well. Total annual precipitation is expected to increase 20% by the end of the century. Cumulatively, these changes will lead to wide spread effects on air quality and forest health. Of special significance are predictions of ozone levels in this region. Ozone has been demonstrated to cause an array of detrimental effects to plant life. This study samples existing literature to ascertain likely future levels of ozone. Using these figures alongside predictions for tree species for the forests found in the state of Michigan, the change in overall forest sensitivity to ozone levels in the future will be described.
Investigator Info
Investigators: 
Funding agency: 
NSF-REU
Years research project active: 
2011