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Evidence for a weakening relationship between interannual temperature variability and northern vegetation activity
2014-11-15

Piao SL, Nan HJ, Huntingford C, Ciais P, Friedlingsten P, Sitch S, Peng SS, Ahlstrom A, Canadell JG, Cong N, Levis S, Levy PE, Liu LL, Lomas MR, Mao JF, Myneni RB, Peylin P, Poulter B, Shi XY, Yin GD, Viovy N, Wang T, Wang XH, Zaehle S, Zeng N, Zeng ZZ, Chen AP. Evidence for a weaking relationship between interannual temperature variability and northern vegetataion activity. Nature Communications, 2014, doi:10.1038/ncomms6018

Abstract:

Satellite-derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a proxy of vegetation productivity, is known to be correlated with temperature in northern ecosystems. This relationship, however, may change over time following alternations in other environmental factors. Here we show that above 30N, the strength of the relationship between the interannual variability of growing season NDVI and temperature (partial correlation coefficient R NDVI-GT ) declined substantially between 1982 and 2011. This decrease in R NDVI-GT is mainly observed in temperate and arctic ecosystems, and is also partly reproduced by process-based ecosystem model results. In the temperate ecosystem, the decrease in R NDVI-GT coincides with an increase in drought. In the arctic ecosystem, it may be related to a nonlinear response of photosynthesis to temperature, increase of hot extreme days and shrub expansion over grass-dominated tundra. Our results caution the use of results from interannual time scales to constrain the decadal response of plants to ongoing warming.

原文链接:http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/141016/ncomms6018/full/ncomms6018.html