Oct 20, 2015

X-ray technology reveals California's forests are in for a radical transformation

California
USA
by
Thomas Curwen
,
Los Angeles Times
Flying above the Los Padres National Forest, Greg Asner and his team recorded drought-stressed trees. Photo: Carnegie Institution for Science
Flying above the Los Padres National Forest, Greg Asner and his team recorded drought-stressed trees. Photo: Carnegie Institution for Science

There is no saying which trees will die, but by [Biologist Greg Asner's] estimation the count statewide could be close to 120 million — as much as 20% of the state's forests...Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University who has been studying the California drought, is not surprised by Asner's numbers.