Climate Change Projections for Tree Species

"Michigan's forests will be affected by climate change during the 21st century. Several reports describe the climate change risks to forests in Michigan and the Midwest (Pryor et al. 2014, Handler et al. 2012). Foresters and researchers can use experience and information from past events to develop expectations about how future change might affect forests, but there are limits to what we can learn from the past. This handout shows projections for two climate scenarios to "bracket" a range of possible futures. Results for "low" and "high" climate scenarios can be compared side-by-side to get a sense for the range of possible outcomes."