Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Research article
02 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 02 Feb 2017

Environmental conditions for alternative tree-cover states in high latitudes

Beniamino Abis and Victor Brovkin


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (27 Dec 2016) by Akihiko Ito
AR by Beniamino Abis on behalf of the Authors (27 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Jan 2017) by Akihiko Ito
AR by Beniamino Abis on behalf of the Authors (09 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
We study the link between the boreal tree-cover fraction distribution and eight globally observed environmental factors. We find that they exert a strong control over the tree-cover distribution, generally uniquely determining its state. Furthermore, we show the location of areas with potentially alternative tree-cover states under the same environmental conditions. These areas represent transition zones with reduced resilience, where the forest can shift between different vegetation states.
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