Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
Research article
11 Jan 2018
Research article |  | 11 Jan 2018

Sensitivity of woody carbon stocks to bark investment strategy in Neotropical savannas and forests

Anna T. Trugman, David Medvigy, William A. Hoffmann, and Adam F. A. Pellegrini


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (07 Nov 2017) by Kirsten Thonicke
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (21 Nov 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (23 Nov 2017) by Kirsten Thonicke
Short summary
Tree fire tolerance strategies may significantly impact woody carbon stability and the existence of tropical savannas under global climate change. We used a numerical ecosystem model to test the impacts of fire survival strategy under differing fire and rainfall regimes. We found that the high survival rate of large fire-tolerant trees reduced carbon losses with increasing fire frequency, and reduced the range of conditions leading to either complete tree loss or complete grass loss.
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