Photo Essay: High in the Hills, Climate May Challenge Forests

by |March 15, 2016

Forests in the south-central United States are some of the country’s most productive and diverse. They also sit in a warming “hole”—an area where the progressive rise in temperature affecting most of the continent hasn’t yet taken hold. A team from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is studying how these forests might shift—or even disappear—when climate change does catch up with them, as expected. Recently, the team explored the mountainous Ozark Plateau in parts of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. READ THE FULL SCIENTIFIC STORY or SEE A VIDEO. (All photos: Kevin Krajick.)

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