Pine Bark Beetle Outbreaks and Climate

This interactive shows the extent of the killing of lodgepole pine trees in western Canada. The spread of pine beetle throughout British Columbia has devastated the lodgepole pine forests there. This animation shows the spread of the beetle and the increasing numbers of trees affected from 1999-2008 and predicts the spread up until 2015.

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Use when teaching about ecology and system response to changing abiotic factors. See http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/educators_guide/howuse.php for suggested uses depending on amount of available time.

Easy to relate to US - infestations of pine bark beetle are occurring in many areas of the Western US.

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