Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Research article
17 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 17 Jun 2016

Simulated annual changes in plant functional types and their responses to climate change on the northern Tibetan Plateau

Lan Cuo, Yongxin Zhang, Shilong Piao, and Yanhong Gao


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Short summary
The improved LPJ model was used to investigate plant functional type (PFT) changes in 1957–2009 and their responses to changes in root zone soil temperature, soil moisture, air temperature, precipitation, and CO2 concentrations. The results show spatially heterogeneous changes in PFTs in the northern Tibetan Plateau in 1957–2009. Dominant driver for PFT change is precipitation. The implications of the study are on the regional fresh water resources, onset, and intensity of monsoon circulations.
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