Articles | Volume 14, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 14, 4209–4227, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4209-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 4209–4227, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-4209-2017

Research article 21 Sep 2017

Research article | 21 Sep 2017

Effects of shrub and tree cover increase on the near-surface atmosphere in northern Fennoscandia

Johanne H. Rydsaa et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (19 Jan 2017) by Sönke Zaehle
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (23 Jun 2017) by Sönke Zaehle
AR by Johanne H. Rydsaa on behalf of the Authors (12 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Jul 2017) by Sönke Zaehle
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We investigate the atmospheric sensitivity to an expansion in shrub and tree cover in the northern Fennoscandia region. We applied a regional weather and climate model in evaluating biophysical effects of increased shrub cover at a fine resolution. We find that shrub cover increase causes a warming that is sensitive to the shrub and tree heights. Cooling effects include increased snow cover, cloud cover, and precipitation. We show that the net warming will likely increase in the future.
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