European-wide Reduction in Primary Productivity Caused by the Heat and Drought i
Date: Thursday, September 29 @ 09:15:00 MDT
Topic: Carbon Cycle Response to Climate Change

by Philippe Ciais

Future climate warming is expected to enhance plant growth in temperate ecosystems and to increase carbon sequestration. But although severe regional heatwaves may become more frequent in a changing climate, and their impact on terrestrial carbon cycling is unclear. Europe experienced a particularly extreme climate anomaly during 2003, with July temperatures up to 6°C above long-term means, and annual precipitation deficits up to 300 mmy-1, that is 50% below the average. We used the 2003 heatwave as a ‘laboratory assistant’ to estimate the impact on terrestrial carbon cycling.

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This article comes from The 7th International CO2 Conference Web Site

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