Climate extremes and the carbon cycle

Reichstein, Markus; Bahn, Michael; Ciais, Philippe; Frank, Dorothea; Mahecha, Miguel D.; Seneviratne, Sonia I.; Zscheischler, Jakob; Beer, Christian; Buchmann, Nina; Frank, David; Papale, Dario; Rammig, Anja; Smith, Pete; Thonicke, Kirsten; van der Velde, Marijn; Vicca, Sara; Walz, Ariane; Wattenbach, Martin (2013). Climate extremes and the carbon cycle. Nature, 500(7462), pp. 287-295. Macmillan Journals Ltd. 10.1038/nature12350

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The terrestrial biosphere is a key component of the global carbon cycle and its carbon balance is strongly influenced by climate. Continuing environmental changes are thought to increase global terrestrial carbon uptake. But evidence is mounting that climate extremes such as droughts or storms can lead to a decrease in regional ecosystem carbon stocks and therefore have the potential to negate an expected increase in terrestrial carbon uptake. Here we explore the mechanisms and impacts of climate extremes on the terrestrial carbon cycle, and propose a pathway to improve our understanding of present and future impacts of climate extremes on the terrestrial carbon budget.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Frank, David

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0028-0836

Publisher:

Macmillan Journals Ltd.

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Wälti-Stampfli

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2014 15:43

Last Modified:

19 Oct 2015 09:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/nature12350

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.49647

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/49647

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