Predicting how plants will respond to warming climate conditions.

 

 

US grasslands affected more by atmospheric dryness than precipitation

Date:
March 7, 2017
Source:
Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Summary:
According to 33 years of remote sensing data, productivity of US grasslands is more sensitive to dryness of the atmosphere than precipitation, important information for understanding how ecosystems will respond to climate change.

A new study showing dryness of the atmosphere affects U.S. grassland productivity more than rainfall could have important implications for predicting how plants will respond to warming climate conditions.

Read the full article: Science Daily

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.