(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Mass elevation effect and its forcing on timberline altitude

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

HAN F. (1) ; YAO Y. (2) ; DAI S. (1) ; WANG C. (1) ; SUN R. (3) ; XU J. (4) ; ZHANG B. (2) ;
(1) Geographic Information and Tourism College, Univ., Chuzhou, CHINE
(2) State Key Lab. of Resources and Environmental Information Systems, Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing, CHINE
(3) State Key Lab. of Urban and Regional Ecology, Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, CAS, Beijing, CHINE
(4) Inst. of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, CHINE


The concept of mass elevation effect (massenerhebungseffect, MEE) was introduced by A. de Quervain about 100 years ago. It has been usually completely neglected in developing fitting models of timberline elevation, with only longitude or latitude considered as impacting factors. This paper tries to quantify the contribution of MEE to timberline elevation. Considering that the more extensive the land mass and especially the higher the mountain base in the interior of land mass, the greater the mass elevation effect, this paper takes mountain base elevation (MBE) as the magnitude of MEE. The AA. collect 157 data points of timberline elevation, and use their latitude, longitude and MBE as independent variables to build a multiple linear regression equation for timberline elevation in the southeastern Eurasian continent. The results show that MBE, serving as a proxy indicator of MEE, is a significant factor determining the elevation of alpine timberline


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2012, vol. 22, no4 [pp. 609-616]

Bibliographic references : 36 ref.

Collation : 2 fig., 4 tabl.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1007/s11442-012-0950-1

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