USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Home Who We Are Where We Are What We Do Products Search Outreach Jobs Contacts

Climate and Fire in the Sierra Nevada

Tree line in the Sierra Nevada
Mountain ecosystems, with their geographic compression of climatic gradients and biological communities, offer unique opportunities for exploring the relationships among climate, disturbance and forest response. To take advantage of these opportunities, the U.S. Geological Survey leads a program exploring the fundamental character and significance of forest changes driven by the two most powerful influences in the Sierra Nevada: climate and fire. Studies are organized around three time periods: past, present and future. This organizational approach--modern mechanistic studies and extensive paleoecological studies informing one another under the integrative framework of state-of-the-art computer models--is a uniquely powerful way of exploring the character and significance of forest change. The diagram below summarizes the project organization.

Project Details




forests climate fireThis is a conceptual model of the interactions between climate, disturbance (fire), and vegetation

USGS Contact For This Project
Nathan Stephenson
(559) 565-3176
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station
47050 Generals Highway #4
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9651
View this person's Details


Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information:

References to non-U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) products do not constitute an endorsement by the DOI.

* DOI and USGS link policies apply.