Assessing the vulnerability of Australia’s urban forests to climate extremes
Urban forests are recognized for the multiple benefits they provide to city‐dwellers.
However, climate change will affect tree species survival and persistence in urban
ecosystems. Tree failures will cause economic losses and jeopardize the delivery of
societal benefits. The impacts of climate change will depend on the species’ resilience
and adaptive capacity, as well as management actions which may ameliorate some
of the negative impacts. Here, we assessed the potential vulnerability of Australia's
urban forests to climate extremes. Our results can be used for future urban planning
aiming to incorporate species that are well‐adapted to the hotter, drier climates expected
with climate change.