(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Winds as an ecological agent at treelines in North America, the Alps, and the European Subarctic

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HOLTMEIER F.-K (1) ; BROLL G. (2) ;
(1) Inst. for Landscape Ecology, westfälische Wilhelms Univ., Münster, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Inst. for Geography, Univ., Osnabrück, ALLEMAGNE


The altitudinal treeline ecotone is a windy environment where wind velocities and directions are controlled by local mountain topography and also by the distribution pattern and structures of tree stands. Discussions of a potential climatically driven upward shift of the treeline at the landscape and smaller scales should give greater attention to the varying wind effects because warming cannot compensate for these other factors (ecological conditions, tree growth). The relative importance of microsite facilitation providing shelter from the wind will increase in parallel with the upslope migration of the tree limit into a much windier environment


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2010, vol. 31, no3 [pp. 203-233]

Bibliographic references : 11 p.

Collation : 13 fig.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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