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Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1087–1103, 2019

Special issue: Remote sensing, modelling-based hazard and risk assessment,...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1087–1103, 2019
Research article
27 May 2019
Research article | 27 May 2019

Chilling accumulation in fruit trees in Spain under climate change

Alfredo Rodríguez et al.

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Growing trees are vulnerable to cold temperatures. Fruit trees stop their growth during the coldest months of the year until meeting a required cold accumulation, specific for each tree species and variety. Under global warming, a reduction in cold accumulation in Spain is projected. This threatens the viability of some current tree crops and varieties in some areas, but other varieties with less requirements can be used. Our results allow adaptation of tree plantations to climate change.
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