Biologist Khantemirov: due to strong warming in Siberia, forest tundra may completely disappear, leading researcher of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and UrFU Rashit Khantemirov called a new danger of strong warming in Siberia: because of this, the forest tundra may completely disappear.
He told about this in an interview with the Newspaper.ru”.
According to the expert, the forest tundra of Western Siberia is a natural zone located between the tundra and taiga zones. It mainly grows larch, birch and Siberian spruce. However, the climatic changes recorded in Western Siberia may contribute to the advancement of larch to the north, into the tundra, Khantemirov shared his concerns. “But due to the fact that tree seeds cannot spread over long distances, they do not have such a mechanism, this migration is almost invisible to us, it is very slow,” he explained, adding that because of this, the entire forest tundra can completely disappear.
In addition, due to the extreme warming in the region, Siberian firs are gradually beginning to displace larch, which also contributes to the disappearance of the forest tundra zone, Khantemirov noted.
Earlier, the scientific director of the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia, Roman Vilfand, warned of an increase in the number of wildfires from year to year. According to him, they can be provoked not only by human actions, but also by global warming, smoothing of temperature differences between latitudes and an increased number of anticyclones.