To test whether growth of large trees is more vulnerable than that of small trees to high temperatures.
Type of Study:
Meta-analysis of forest growth data.
Average stem diameter growth rates at 21 °C compared with 11 °C mean annual temperature were 57% lower for large trees (58 cm stem diameter), but only 29% lower for small trees (18 cm diameter).
Natural climatic gradient.
AIC model selection; linear mixed effect models.
Australia, south of the tropics with > 500 mm mean annual rainfall.
Response variable :
Diameter growth rate.
2400 plots, 500,00 growth records.
Prior L. D. & Bowman D. M. J. S. (2014) Big eucalypts grow more slowly in a warm climate: evidence of an interaction between tree size and temperature. Global Change Biology 20, 2793-9.