Tree damage caused by the ice-snow disaster can be
divided into physical
damage and physiological damage. Further, the physical damage could be classified
as bending, tip breakage, branch breakage, crown breakage, splitting, stem breakage,
dislodging (uprooting and overturning), etc. Trees suffering light damage like bending,
and tip and branch breakage, could still grow normally; however,
severe damage like splitting, uprooting and stem breakage could cause weak growth
or even death. Physiological damage including cold injury of tips (25%–50% leaves
withered and fallen, but with healthy branches and stems), branches (50%–75% leaves
withered and fallen, most branches injured but with healthy stems) and cold mortality
(75% leaves withered and fallen, branches and stems both injured).
In the 2008 ice-snow disaster, the forest damage is mainly caused by the physical damage.
The information is provided from Disaster Risk
Reduction Knowledge Service.