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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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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