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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1147-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1147-2020
Research article
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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

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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.
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