Does tree diversity affect forest adaptation to climate change?

Biodiversity may enhance forest functioning and services in several aspects. However, the positive role of biodiversity can be a consequence of different mechanisms that are contingent upon environmental conditions and other factors. For example, biodiversity can be relevant in buffering climate change by means of a variety of adaptations. Uncertainty around future climate conditions is high with respect to precipitation  so it is not easy to know which species or combination of species will perform better in the future (species portfolio). It is important to ensure, in the face of uncertainty, that not only a high number of species if present but rather different functional strategies. This may improve the resilience of forest ecosystems and the ability of forest to adapt to new conditions.

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