Articles | Volume 17, issue 4
Research article
28 Feb 2020
Research article |  | 28 Feb 2020

African biomes are most sensitive to changes in CO2 under recent and near-future CO2 conditions

Simon Scheiter, Glenn R. Moncrieff, Mirjam Pfeiffer, and Steven I. Higgins


Interactive discussion

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AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (19 Dec 2019) by Sönke Zaehle
AR by Simon Scheiter on behalf of the Authors (22 Jan 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Jan 2020) by Sönke Zaehle

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Simon Scheiter on behalf of the Authors (26 Feb 2020)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (26 Feb 2020) by Sönke Zaehle
Short summary
Current rates of climate and atmospheric change are likely higher than during the last millions of years. Vegetation cannot keep pace with these changes and lags behind climate. We used a vegetation model to study how these lags are influenced by CO2 and fire in Africa. Our results indicate that vegetation is most sensitive to CO2 change under current and near-future conditions and that vegetation will be committed to further change even if CO2 emissions are reduced and the climate stabilizes.
Final-revised paper