CR 38:261-263 (2009)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00792

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Climate change and large-scale degradation of spruce: common pattern across the globe

Sanjay Kr. Uniyal1,*, Anjali Uniyal2

1Biodiversity Division, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR), PO Box #6, Palampur 176061, Himachal Pradesh, India
2Department of Habitat Ecology, Wildlife Institute of India, PO Box #18, Chandrabani, Dehradun 248001, Uttarakhand, India

ABSTRACT: Massive degradation of spruce Picea spp. forests, due to increased temperatures, has been reported from many parts of the world. We have detected large-scale yellowing of Picea smithiana Boiss. in the western Himalayas, where temperatures have increased by 0.6°C in the last 3 decades. Large-scale degradation of P. smithiana has never been observed in the Himalayan region to date.


KEY WORDS: Picea smithiana · Spruce · Himalayas · Forest conservation · Global warming · Temperature


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Cite this article as: Uniyal SK, Uniyal A (2009) Climate change and large-scale degradation of spruce: common pattern across the globe. Clim Res 38:261-263. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr00792

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