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Managing drought-induced mortality in Pinus radiata plantations under climate change conditions: A local approach using digital camera data

Christine Stone, Trent Penman, Russell Turner



Pinus radiata D. Don is an internationally important plantation species. The predicted increases in the frequency, duration and/or severity of drought and heat stress associated with climate change could challenge the commercial viability of P. radiata plantations in several countries where existing plantations are grown in districts already vulnerable to periods of drought. We undertook an empirical approach to examine silvicultural and site factors associated with a significant drought-induced mortality event in southern New South Wales, Australia. The aim was to identify local, practical, risk prevention options for P. radiata plantations exposed to the climatic conditions predicted for t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Catherine Carney and Matt Nagel (NSW Department of Primary Industries) for assistance with the Forests NSW GIS and Nikki Garretty (NSW Department of Primary Industries) and Rachel Bidder (Forests NSW) who meticulously detected the dead tree crowns in the ASD40 imagery. Information related to Forests NSW plantation health surveys was provided by Angus Carnegie (NSW Department of Primary Industries), the Site Index data was supplied by Duncan Watt (Forests NSW) and the 2007 ADS40 imagery was provided by the NSW Land and Property Management Authority. This study was supported with funds from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Forest Industries Climate Change Research Fund and Forests & Wood Products Australia.