Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Tree populations in the eastern parts of the United States are shifting north and even west due to man-made climate change, according to a new study.

Man-made climate change has been resulting in warmer temperatures and drastic deviations in patterns of rainfall, which is making eastern U.S. tree populations to shift north and west.

Over the past three decades, the change in climatic conditions has moved trees an average of 20 and 25 miles north and west respectively. While the shift to the north was expected because of warming temperatures, the more surprising westward shift could be caused by changes in rainfall patterns.

Lead author of the study, Songlin Fei of Purdue University, said that the shift of tree populations could even lead to the extinction of certain species in some forests.

The researchers advised, “Management actions to increase forest ecosystems’ resilience to climate change should consider the changes in both temperature and precipitation.”

The researchers reported their alarming findings in the most recent edition of the journal Science Advances.

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