Extreme Drought Causes Chaparral Type Conversion: Research Brief

The rugged, chaparral dominated Angeles National Forest (ANF, California) is a beautiful and popular recreation destination. However, it is being damaged by a combination of overwhelming anthropogenic stressors, including climate change-induced mega-droughts, unnaturally shortened fire intervals, very poor air quality (e.g., high levels of nitrogen deposition), and the invasion of non-native groundcover plants.

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Park, I.W., J. Hooper, J.M. Flegal, and G.D. Jenerette. 2018. Impacts of climate, disturbance and topography on distribution of herbaceous cover in Southern California chaparral: insights from a remote-sensing method. Diversity and Distributions 12pp.DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12693