Modelling the establishment and growth of post-fire tree seedlings

Regions: Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, South Slave Region

Tags: biology, revegetation, prediction models, forestry, boreal forests, tree growth, tree regeneration, post-fire ecosystem

Principal Investigator: Gal, Ruth Ann (2)
Licence Number: 12526
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 1993 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1993
Project Team: B. Sander

Objective(s): To develop a model which is capable of predicting the regeneration of trees following a fire in the northern boreal forest; to test the hypothesis that climate change can influence the type of forests that develop following a fire.

Project Description: As a result of global warming (which results from increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere), it is suggested that the number of forest fires and the amount of area burned may increase in the northern boreal forests. The types of trees that grow first in these burned areas may be different from those that would have grown in if the climate was cooler. I will collect data at burn sites, including types and amounts of seedling trees and tree growth rate.