Climate Change Impacts

Key projected climate impacts were considered at the Jones Center.
Key projected climate change impacts were considered for the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center adaptation project.
Photo Credit: Seth Bigelow, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center 

Key projected climate change impacts that the project team considered for the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center include: 

  • Increased temperatures and drought severity 
  • Changing precipitation amounts and extreme weather events 
  • Increased insects, pathogens, and invasive species 
  • Reduced ability to use prescribed fire as a management tool and potentially more wildfires 

Climate change will present challenges and opportunities for accomplishing the management objectives of the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, including: 

Challenges

  • Altered vulnerability to future climatic conditions in pine plantations and hardwood forests 
  • Increased mortality rates in pine species from drought 
  • Increased abundance of hardwood stems of all size classes 

Opportunities

  • Longleaf pine is highly resilient to drought and insect-induced mortality and may be suitable on a wider range of sites under projected climate change