Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 12, 1813–1831, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1813-2015

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

Biogeosciences, 12, 1813–1831, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-1813-2015

Research article 19 Mar 2015

Research article | 19 Mar 2015

A probabilistic risk assessment for the vulnerability of the European carbon cycle to weather extremes: the ecosystem perspective

S. Rolinski et al.

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AR by Susanne Rolinski on behalf of the Authors (14 Nov 2014)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Nov 2014) by José M. Moreno
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (03 Dec 2014)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (16 Dec 2014)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (22 Dec 2014) by José M. Moreno
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (04 Feb 2015)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Feb 2015) by José M. Moreno
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Feb 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Feb 2015) by José M. Moreno
AR by Susanne Rolinski on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Extreme weather events can but do not have to cause extreme ecosystem response. Here, we focus on hazardous ecosystem behaviour and identify coinciding weather conditions. We use a simple probabilistic risk assessment and apply it to terrestrial ecosystems, defining a hazard as negative net biome productivity. In Europe, ecosystems are vulnerable to drought in the Mediterranean and temperate region, whereas vulnerability in Scandinavia is not caused by water shortages.
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