Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
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, Beverly E. Law, and Tara W. Hudiburg


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (26 Dec 2016) by Charles Bourque
AR by Logan Berner on behalf of the Authors (26 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Jan 2017) by Charles Bourque
Short summary
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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