(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Forest line changes after 1960 in a Norwegian mountain region - implications for the future

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WEHN S. (1) ; OLSSON G. (2) ; HANSSEN S. (3) ;
(1) Queen Maud Univ. College, Trondheim, NORVEGE
(2) School of Global Studies, Univ. of Gotherburg, Göteborg, SUEDE
(3) Directorate for Nature Management, Trondheim, NORVEGE


The aim of this paper is to investigate the effects of land use and climate on forest line changes at regional and local scale in eastern Jotunheimen, a mountain region in southern Norway. It is shown that these forest line changes can be related to changes in livestock grazing pressure between the 1960s and 2002. In contrast to other European mountain regions, highly relevant climate variables such as the triterm (the summer months) have not changed in the studied region. Therefore, land-use change is considered the main driver for the forest line shifts observed in the region. However, the predicted climate warming, together with continued trends of decreasing and abandoned free-range grazing of livestock will cause further forest expansion above the present forest lines also in the eastern Jotunheimen mountain range


Article of periodic

published at : Norsk geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 0029-1951 / CODEN NGGTA2

Editor : Norske geografiske selskab, Oslo ; Universitetsforlaget, Oslo - NORVEGE (1926)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 66, no1 [pp. 2-10]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 4 fig., 3 tabl.




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