Started by funds from the Climate Center of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and a collaboration between myself, Nesibe Kose, and Dario Martin Benito, we began a long-term project to understand the macroecological dynamics of the luscious Colchic temperate rainforest on the eastern edge of the Black Sea.
Dario Martin Benito, through a Marie Curie Action Grant of the European Commission, now leads this work. The first paper, on hydroclimatic history since 1752 and regional climate dynamics, is now published! Ecological plot work and data analysis is continuing in the region.
As of Summer 2015, the project is now in its fourth year. Here is a blog post for 2015.
Martin-Benito, Dario, Neil Pederson, Claudia Vollenweider, Nesibe Köse, Mehmet Doğan, Harald Bugmann, and Christof Bigler. 2019. Disturbances and climate drive structure, stability and growth in mixed temperate old-growth rainforests in the Caucasus. Ecosystems doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00462-x.
Martin-Benito, D., N. Pederson, N. Köse, M. Doğan, H. Bugmann, M. Mosulishvili, and C. Bigler. 2018. Pervasive effects of drought on tree growth across a wide climatic gradient in the temperate forests of the Caucasus. Global Ecology and Biogeography 10.1111/geb.12799.
Martin-Benito, D., C.C.Ummenhofer, N. Köse, H.T. Güner, and N. Pederson. 2016. Tree-ring reconstructed May-June precipitation in the Caucasus since 1752 CE. Climate Dynamics doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3010-1.
Pictorial Introduction to Colchic Temperate Rainforest
You’ve not been to Northeast Turkey or the southwest portion of the Republic of Georgia? It is an amazing landscape with stupendous trees.