International tree mortality network


Core Network Publications

Trumbore S, Brando P, Hartmann H. 2015Forest health and global change. Science 349: 814–818.

Hartmann H, Moura CF, Anderegg WRL, Ruehr NK, Salmon Y, Allen CD, Arndt SK, Breshears DD, Davi H, Galbraith D, Ruthrof KX, Wunder J, Adams HD, Bloemen J, Cailleret M, Cobb R, Gessler A, Grams TEE, Jansen S, Kautz M, Lloret F, O’Brien M. 2018. Research frontiers for improving our understanding of drought-induced tree and forest mortality. New Phytologist 218: 15–28.

Hartmann H, Schuldt B, Sanders TGM, Macinnis-Ng C, Boehmer HJ, Allen CD, Bolte A, Crowther TW, Hansen MC, Medlyn BE, Ruehr NK, Anderegg WRL. 2018. Monitoring global tree mortality patterns and trends. Report from the VW symposium ‘Crossing scales and disciplines to identify global trends of tree mortality as indicators of forest health’. New Phytologist 217: 984–987.


Publications Drawing on the Network

Schwarz S, Werner C, Fassnacht FE, Ruehr NK. 2023. Forest canopy mortality during the 2018-2020 summer drought years in Central Europe: The application of a deep learning approach on aerial images across Luxembourg. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research

Hajek P, Link RM, Nock C, Bauhus J, Gebauer T, Gessler A, Kovach K, Messier C, Paquette A, Saurer M, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Rose L, Schuldt B. 2022. Mutually inclusive mechanisms of drought-induced tree mortality. Global Change Biology 28: 3365-3378,

Schuldt B, Ruhr NK. 2022. Responses of European forests to global change-type droughts. Plant Biology 24: 1093-1097.

Senf C, Pflugmacher D, Zhiqiang Y, Sebald J, Knorn J, Neumann M, Hostert P, Seidl R. 2018. Canopy mortality has doubled in Europe’s temperate forests over the last three decades. Nature Communications. 9: 4978.

Klein T, Zeppel MJB, Anderegg WRL, Bloemen J, De Kauwe MG, Hudson P, Ruehr NK, Powell TL, von Arx G, Nardini A. 2018. Xylem embolism refilling and resilience against drought-induced mortality in woody plants: processes and trade-offs. Ecological Research.

Cobb RC, Ruthrof KX, Breshears DD, Lloret F, Aakala T, Adams HD, Anderegg WRL, Ewers BE, Galiano L, Grünzweig JM, Hartmann H, Huang C-Y, Klein T, Kunert N, Kitzberger T, Landhäusser SM, Levick
S, Preisler Y, Suarez ML, Trotsiuk V, Zeppel MJB. 2017
Ecosystem dynamics and management after forest die-off: a global synthesis with conceptual state-and-transition models. Ecosphere 8: e02034.

O’Brien MJ, Engelbrecht BMJ, Joswig J, Pereyra G, Schuldt B, Jansen S, Kattge J, Landhäusser SM, Levick SR, Preisler Y, Väänänen P, Macinnis-Ng C. 2017A synthesis of tree functional traits related to drought-induced mortality in forests across climatic zones (J Firn, Ed.). Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 1669–1686.

Anderegg WRL, Martinez-Vilalta J, Cailleret M, Camarero JJ, Ewers BE, Galbraith D, Gessler A, Grote R, Huang CY, Levick SR, Powell TL, Rowland L, Sanchez-Salguero R, Trotsiuk V. 2016When a Tree Dies in the Forest: Scaling Climate-Driven Tree Mortality to Ecosystem Water and Carbon Fluxes. Ecosystems: 1–15.

Klein T, Hartmann H. 2018. Climate change drives tree mortality. Science 362: 758.1-758.

Allen CD, Breshears DD, McDowell NG. 2015On underestimation of global vulnerability to tree mortality and forest die-off from hotter drought in the Anthropocene. Ecosphere 6: 129.

Seidl R, Schelhaas MJ, Rammer W, Verkerk PJ 2014. Increasing forest disturbances in Europe and their impact on carbon storage. Nature Climate Change 4: 806–810.