Articles | Volume 19, issue 17
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-4227-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-4227-2022
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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

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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.
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