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It is shown that inter-annual variations in the primary productivity of mountain grasslands are primarily governed by variations in the length of the snow-free period and to a much lesser extent by temperature and precipitation during the growing season. Meteorological variables controlling snow cover dynamics are thus of paramount importance to understand and model the amount and timing of biomass production in mountain pastures.
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Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 12, 3885–3897, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3885-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 3885–3897, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3885-2015

Research article 26 Jun 2015

Research article | 26 Jun 2015

Growth response of temperate mountain grasslands to inter-annual variations in snow cover duration

P. Choler

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It is shown that inter-annual variations in the primary productivity of mountain grasslands are primarily governed by variations in the length of the snow-free period and to a much lesser extent by temperature and precipitation during the growing season. Meteorological variables controlling snow cover dynamics are thus of paramount importance to understand and model the amount and timing of biomass production in mountain pastures.
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