Researchers from the University of Stirling have done a study that found that widespread drought is threatening forests around the world.
In an analysis published in the journal Ecology Letters, the authors suggest that forests globally are at risk from the increased severity and frequency of droughts. The results show that trees across the world show a similar response, with death increasing consistently when drought severity increases.
Dr Sarah Greenwood, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Stirling’s Faculty of Natural Sciences, explained that they have noticed that the death of trees caused by drought is consistent around the world and across diverse environments. A thirsty tree growing in a temperate forest, such as those found throughout Europe, and one in a tropical forest, will respond to drought in the same way and will ultimately suffer because of changes in rainfall patterns and rising temperatures on Earth.
The environmental and biological scientists found specific, varying features …