Connecting Climate Change to Tree Mortality in Conjunction with the Bark Beetle Outbreak in Western Colorado

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Brittany Kusniar , California University of Pennsylvania
Forests of western Colorado have seen a rise in tree mortality presumably as a result of larger populations of bark beetles. The goal of this study was to analyze precipitation variability to gain understanding on the role that precipitation plays in tree mortality in connection with the bark beetle outbreak.