Climate-Induced Tree Mortality: Earth System Consequences
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 17, pages 153–154, 27 April 2010
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2010), Climate-Induced Tree Mortality: Earth System Consequences, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(17), 153–154, doi:10.1029/2010EO170003., , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
- tree mortality;
- biosphere-earth system feedbacks;
One of the greatest uncertainties in global environmental change is predicting changes in feedbacks between the biosphere and the Earth system. Terrestrial ecosystems and, in particular, forests exert strong controls on the global carbon cycle and influence regional hydrology and climatology directly through water and surface energy budgets [Bonan, 2008; Chapin et al., 2008].
According to new research, tree mortality associated with elevated temperatures and drought has the potential to rapidly alter forest ecosystems, potentially affecting feedbacks to the Earth system [Allen et al., 2010]. Several lines of recent research demonstrate how tree mortality rates in forests may be sensitive to climate change—particularly warming and drying. This emerging consequence of global change has important effects on Earth system processes (Figure 1).