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Volume 6, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 245-265, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-6-245-2015
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 6, 245-265, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-6-245-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 12 May 2015

Research article | 12 May 2015

Do Himalayan treelines respond to recent climate change? An evaluation of sensitivity indicators

U. Schickhoff et al.
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Near-natural Himalayan treelines are usually krummholz treelines, which are relatively unresponsive to climate change. Intense recruitment of treeline trees suggests a great potential for future treeline advance. Competitive abilities of tree seedlings within krummholz thickets and dwarf scrub heaths will be a major source of variation in treeline dynamics. Tree growth-climate relationships show mature treeline trees to be responsive in particular to high pre-monsoon temperature trends.
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