Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 14, 365–378, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-365-2017

Special issue: Ecosystem processes and functioning across current and future...

Biogeosciences, 14, 365–378, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-365-2017

Research article 24 Jan 2017

Research article | 24 Jan 2017

Water availability limits tree productivity, carbon stocks, and carbon residence time in mature forests across the western US

Logan T. Berner et al.

Data sets

MODIS LAI NASA https://reverb.echo.nasa.gov/reverb/

MODIS NPPs NTSG http://www.ntsg.umt.edu/project/mod17#data-product

Satellite-derived biomass data sets ORNL DAAC https://daac.ornl.gov/

Satellite-derived biomass data sets US Forest Service https://www.fs.usda.gov/rds/archive/

Forest inventory data US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis https://www.fia.fs.fed.us/

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Much of the western US is projected to become warmer and drier over the coming century. We examined how tree productivity, biomass, and carbon residence time varied with average water availability across this region using field and satellite measurements. Each forest characteristic increased markedly with increasing water availability between the dry woodlands and temperate rain forests, underscoring that water availability is a key environmental constraint on forests in the region.
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