Articles | Volume 18, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 18, 4091–4116, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4091-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 4091–4116, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-4091-2021

Research article 12 Jul 2021

Research article | 12 Jul 2021

Variable tree rooting strategies are key for modelling the distribution, productivity and evapotranspiration of tropical evergreen forests

Boris Sakschewski et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 Jul 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Boris Sakschewski on behalf of the Authors (03 Sep 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Sep 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (24 Sep 2020)
RR by Daniel Falster (13 Oct 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Oct 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (03 Dec 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Dec 2020) by Martin De Kauwe
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (12 Feb 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (18 Feb 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Feb 2021) by Martin De Kauwe
AR by Boris Sakschewski on behalf of the Authors (09 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 Apr 2021) by Martin De Kauwe
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This study shows how local adaptations of tree roots across tropical and sub-tropical South America explain patterns of biome distribution, productivity and evapotranspiration on this continent. By allowing for high diversity of tree rooting strategies in a dynamic global vegetation model (DGVM), we are able to mechanistically explain patterns of mean rooting depth and the effects on ecosystem functions. The approach can advance DGVMs and Earth system models.
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