Factors influencing treeline mobility

A study of fir and spruce forests on the Tibetan Plateau finds that climate warming can cause treelines to migrate upslope, but that dense shrub growth above treelines often limits tree establishment and the subsequent upward migration of treelines, suggesting that compared with climate change, interactions among plant species may have greater influence over the degree of treeline movement. - See at PNAS.org

Article #15-20582: “Species interactions slow warming-induced upward shifts of treelines on the Tibetan Plateau,” by Eryuan Liang et al.