Date(s) - 08/01/2019
7:00 pm

Salida Steam Plant Event Center

Hot, Dry, and Smoky: What is the future of Colorado’s Forests in a Changing Climate?

Dr. William Anderegg

7:00 p.m.

The fate of the forests of the western United States in the twenty-first century with rapid human-caused climate change is largely unknown. In the past twenty years or so, climate change-supercharged fires, droughts, and beetle outbreaks have prompted concern that forests might die off en masse across the West. Dr. Anderegg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, grew up in Cortez, Colorado, and still spends his time hiking, backpacking, hunting, and fishing across the Colorado Rockies. His research centers on the intersection of ecosystems and climate change, especially the future of Earth’s forests in a changing climate. He has studied western forests for more than a decade and his investigation seeks to shed light on the future of Colorado’s forests. The aim of his research is to develop predictive tools to help forecast and manage the fate of western forests in this century.  

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