Articles | Volume 18, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 18, 6329–6347, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6329-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 6329–6347, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6329-2021
Research article
13 Dec 2021
Research article | 13 Dec 2021

Nitrogen restricts future sub-arctic treeline advance in an individual-based dynamic vegetation model

Adrian Gustafson et al.

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We performed model simulations of vegetation change for a historic period and a range of climate change scenarios at a high spatial resolution. Projected treeline advance continued at the same or increased rates compared to our historic simulation. Temperature isotherms advanced faster than treelines, revealing a lag in potential vegetation shifts that was modulated by nitrogen availability. At the year 2100 projected treelines had advanced by 45–195 elevational metres depending on the scenario.
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