Extreme growth reduction refers to a single year or multiple consecutive years with a significant decline in tree-ring width triggered usually by extreme climatic events (drought, cold, freezing). In most cases, the decline in growth is in the order of tens of percent compared to the previous period. These events might be early warnings of forest diebacks often following extreme growth reductions. Moreover, the sequestration of atmospheric carbon into tree trunks is significantly reduced during extreme growth reductions, and the decline in timber production also means economic losses. The maps illustrate the spatial pattern of the most significant extreme growth reductions in forests of the Czech Republic and explain which specific climatic event was responsible for the reduction in growth.
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