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Climate extremes and the carbon cycle

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Review article (peer-reviewed)
Author Reichstein M Bahn M Ciais P Frank D Mahecha MD Seneviratne SI Zscheischler J Beer C Buchmann,
Project Forest ecosystem responses to climatic drivers
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Review article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Nature
Volume (Issue) 500
Page(s) 287 - 295
Title of proceedings Nature


The terrestrial biosphere is a key component of the global carbon cycle and its carbon balance is strongly influenced by climate. Continuing environmental changes are thought to increase global terrestrial carbon uptake. But evidence is mounting that climate extremes such as droughts or storms can lead to a decrease in regional ecosystem carbon stocks and therefore have the potential to negate an expected increase in terrestrial carbon uptake. Here we explore the mechanisms and impacts of climate extremes on the terrestrial carbon cycle, and propose a pathway to improve our understanding of present and future impacts of climate extremes on the terrestrial carbon budget.