Climatic limitation of growth of major forest tree species

Knowledge of the response of growth to climatic conditions is essential for understanding forest dynamics in the current period of rapid climate change. For forest management practices, it is crucial to identify areas of climatic optimum for individual tree species and to have reliable predictions of their future growth. For stands outside this optimum, it is important to identify those climatic factors that are suboptimal for a given tree species and that limit its growth in a given location. In the Czech Republic, climatic factors dominantly limiting growth mainly include low temperatures at higher elevations and droughts in the lowlands. The intensity of these two climatic limiting factors of tree growth is quantified by the growth deficit, which indicates how much the growth has been reduced from the optimum due to unfavorable climatic conditions.

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