Climate Change Could Change Southwestern Landscape
Bare branches and rust-colored foliage denote dead and dying trees in the Colorado’s Front Range.
October 02, 2012

Daniel Griffin
This Douglas-fir sample from the Southwest has annual tree rings dating back to the year 1527. The narrowing of the rings that formed from the 1560s through the 1590s indicates that the tree grew little during the 16th century megadrought.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A new study looks at drought from the forests’ perspective. If the Southwest is warmer and drier as climate models suggest, widespread tree death is likely.

Scientists from several organizations including the