Interactions between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems: influence on weather and climate

R.A. Pielke, R. Avissar, M. Raupach, A.J. Dolman, X.B. Zeng, A.S. Denning

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    Abstract

    This paper overviews the short-term (biophysical) and long-term tout to around 100 year timescales; biogeochemical and biogeographical) influences of the land surface on weather and climate. From our review of the literature, the evidence is convincing that terrestrial ecosystem dynamics on these timescales significantly influence atmospheric processes. In studies of past and possible future climate change, terrestrial ecosystem dynamics are as important as changes in atmospheric dynamics and composition, ocean circulation, ice sheet extent, and orbit perturbations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)461-475
    JournalGlobal Change Biology
    Volume4
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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