Articles | Volume 11, issue 21
Biogeosciences, 11, 6159–6171, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6159-2014

Special issue: Climate extremes and biogeochemical cycles in the terrestrial...

Biogeosciences, 11, 6159–6171, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6159-2014

Research article 13 Nov 2014

Research article | 13 Nov 2014

Disentangling the response of forest and grassland energy exchange to heatwaves under idealized land–atmosphere coupling

C. C. van Heerwaarden and A. J. Teuling

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This study disentangles the response of forest and grassland to heatwaves, to interpret the findings of Teuling et al. (2010), who found systematically higher temperatures over forests than over grasslands in European heatwaves. By means of a study with a simple coupled land–atmosphere model, we show that the increase in stomatal resistance of vegetation under high values of vapor pressure deficit explains most of the differences and that this increase is enhanced by boundary layer feedbacks.
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