Name: Peter Morley

Project Title: ”Predicting changes in forest form and function in a tropical mountain region”

Cohort: 2015/16

Institution: University of Stirling; Durham University and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan



The Taiwan fir (Abies Kawakamii) treeline in the Central Mountain Range, Taiwan, has shown rapid advancement in recent years although shifts are spatially complex owing to the topographic complexity of the mountain range.

The aim of this project is to build on previous work that identified the drivers of treeline shift and utilize high resolution satellite imagery to discriminate between present day forest demographics, quantifying regional scale forest structures that are indicative of treeline advance or stasis. In doing so the accuracy of satellite imagery to discriminate between present day forest demographics will be assessed and the impact of future treeline advances to the local biodiversity and carbon stocking capacity of the Central Mountain Range treeline will be estimated.
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