Go to  Advanced Search

Please note that cIRcle is currently being upgraded to DSpace v5.1. The upgrade means that the cIRcle service will not be accepting new submissions from 5:00 PM on September 1/15 until 5:00 PM on September 4/15. All cIRcle material will still be accessible during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Potential for migration of coastal redwood to British Columbia

Show full item record

Files in this item

Files Size Format Description   View
Majidian_Maryam_FRST_497_Graduating_Essay_2010.pdf 634.1Kb Adobe Portable Document Format   View/Open
Title: Potential for migration of coastal redwood to British Columbia
Author: Majidian, Maryam
Subject Keywords Climate;California;Habitat;Carbon market;Forest;Fog;BEC unit
Issue Date: 2011-04-05
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-08-02
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia, Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses, 2010 winter session, FRST 497
Abstract: The recent economic recession combined with the mountain pine beetle epidemic had a negative impact on forestry sector in British Columbia. The damage they caused could be a sign to look for new markets for future. Although in recent years new markets have been opening up to the forestry industry no study has been done to look at the possibility of marketing a new tree species. Coastal redwood is one of the strongest and most insect resistant species in North America. This species lives in coastal California and a small part of Oregon and its timber is highly valuable and can be used for several purposes. Redwood can consume and store large amount of carbon, which makes it a profitable species in the carbon market. The purpose of this paper is to examine the possibility of growing redwood in BC while comparing BC’s future climate to the past climate of California coast. The data utilized in predicting BC’s future climate is extrapolated from ClimateBC Software from 2020 to 2080. California historical data is taken from the Western Regional Climate Center and a long-term research trial that investigated the ecological implications of summer fog decline in coastal California. The result of comparison shows that BC can compete with coastal California in terms of precipitation and warm temperature. However, the future predictions show that BC is much too cold to support redwood’s survival for the next 70 years. Nevertheless, this result is faulty since there is no available data related to BEC Units’ zonal site or fog in BC. Future studies that examine the role of fog in BC can increase the chance of redwood’s introduction in this province. Although ClimateBC is sophisticated it uses data collected only until 2002. Future software improvements that include more recent data may result in more accurate predictions. The software also doesn’t include the “microclimatic effects” such as the effects of nearby lakes or snow pack on temperature. In addition, redwood habitat requirement criteria are biased due to the lack of historical data. Additional information about the past could modify our perception of redwood’s tolerance of BC’s environment.
Affiliation: Forestry, Faculty ofForest Resources Management, Department of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36459
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Undergraduate

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • FRST 497
    This collection contains undergraduate papers from FRST 497: Graduating Essay or Technical Report

Show full item record

UBC Library
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-6375
Fax: 604-822-3893