Articles | Volume 19, issue 17
Research article
08 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 08 Sep 2022

Strong influence of trees outside forest in regulating microclimate of intensively modified Afromontane landscapes

Iris Johanna Aalto, Eduardo Eiji Maeda, Janne Heiskanen, Eljas Kullervo Aalto, and Petri Kauko Emil Pellikka


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-261', Anonymous Referee #1, 16 Nov 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Iris Aalto, 01 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-261', Anonymous Referee #2, 12 May 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Iris Aalto, 30 May 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Jun 2022) by Christopher Still
AR by Iris Aalto on behalf of the Authors (01 Jul 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Jul 2022) by Christopher Still
Short summary
Tree canopies are strong moderators of understory climatic conditions. In tropical areas, trees cool down the microclimates. Using remote sensing and field measurements we show how even intermediate canopy cover and agroforestry trees contributed to buffering the hottest temperatures in Kenya. The cooling effect was the greatest during hot days and in lowland areas, where the ambient temperatures were high. Adopting agroforestry practices in the area could assist in mitigating climate change.
Final-revised paper