Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1979-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1979-2022
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06 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 06 Apr 2022

The effects of varying drought-heat signatures on terrestrial carbon dynamics and vegetation composition

Elisabeth Tschumi, Sebastian Lienert, Karin van der Wiel, Fortunat Joos, and Jakob Zscheischler

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Droughts and heatwaves are expected to occur more often in the future, but their effects on land vegetation and the carbon cycle are poorly understood. We use six climate scenarios with differing extreme occurrences and a vegetation model to analyse these effects. Tree coverage and associated plant productivity increase under a climate with no extremes. Frequent co-occurring droughts and heatwaves decrease plant productivity more than the combined effects of single droughts or heatwaves.
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