Climate change could modify the biogeography of many forest species. Elevational gradients have been documented as strategic sites to better understand tree growth response to regional climate variables. Pinus cooperi Blanco is one of the most important species in Northern Mexico. However, little is known concerning effects of climate responses on growth of this species. We used tree data records to compare the influence of precipitation and temperature on radial growth among P. cooperi populations across a mountain landscape at elevation gradient. Correlation and regression analysis of the regional growth-climate relationships showed that radial growth was correlated with previous winter conditions at most sites along the gradient. Wet and cold winters were positively associated with radial growth. Although our results showed significant climate influences on tree radial growth, other site factors also may have affected growth-climate responses. The results support the idea that climate change influences P. cooperi growth.
- Pinus cooperi
- Tree growth-climate relationships
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Plant Science