Sierra Nevada Global Change Research Program

Project Description
The Sierra Nevada Global Change Research Program began in
1991. Originally funded by the National Park Service, and now funded
by the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey,
the program has involved more than 20 scientists from ten research
institutions. The program set out to explore the fundamental character
and significance of forest changes driven by the two most powerful
agents of change 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.

Contact:

Dr. Thomas W. Swetnam

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-621-2112
Fax: 520-621-8229
tswetnam@ltrr.arizona.edu

For more information,
link to http://www.werc.usgs.gov/sngc/

[Summary provided by USGS]