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1 September 2016 Spatial Analysis of Forest Damage in Central Massachusetts Resulting from the December 2008 Ice Storm
William J. Hansen, Jeffery Cranson
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Ice storms are severe meteorological events that often result in damage to forested areas in the mid-latitudes. On 11 December 2008, an ice storm affected northern New York and New England and caused extensive damage to forested areas. We examined topographical and biological factors influencing the spatial distribution of forest damage due to the 2008 ice storm. We assessed 57 forest plots in 7 locations. Forest impacts from the storm were highly variable across the study area. Analysis of genera indicated that Prunus (cherry), Fraxinus (ash), Fagus (beech), and Acer (maple) were particularly susceptible to damage, while Tsuga (hemlock), Pinus (pine), and Carya (hickory) were more resistant. Elevation, latitude, and topographic exposure to post-storm winds after ice-loading were the dominant factors influencing damage levels.

William J. Hansen and Jeffery Cranson "Spatial Analysis of Forest Damage in Central Massachusetts Resulting from the December 2008 Ice Storm," Northeastern Naturalist 23(3), 378-394, (1 September 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.023.0306
Published: 1 September 2016
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