Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 13, 2387–2403, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-2387-2016

Special issue: OzFlux: a network for the study of ecosystem carbon and water...

Biogeosciences, 13, 2387–2403, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-2387-2016

Research article 26 Apr 2016

Research article | 26 Apr 2016

The contribution of trees and grasses to productivity of an Australian tropical savanna

Caitlin E. Moore et al.

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Savannas cover 20 % of the global land surface and account for 25 % of global terrestrial carbon uptake. They support 20 % of the world’s human population and are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. We evaluated the temporal partitioning of carbon between overstory and understory in Australian tropical savanna using eddy covariance. We found the understory contributed ~ 32 % to annual productivity, increasing to 40 % in the wet season, thus driving seasonality in carbon uptake.
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