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dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Benito, Palomaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMadrigal-Gonzalez, Jaimeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRatcliffe, Sophiaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCoomes, David Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorKändler, Geralden_UK
dc.contributor.authorLehtonen, Aleksien_UK
dc.contributor.authorWirth, Christianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorZavala, Miguel Aen_UK
dc.description.abstractEuropean forests have a prominent role in the global carbon cycle and an increase in carbon storage has been consistently reported during the twentieth century. Any further increase in forest carbon storage, however, could be hampered by increases in aridity and extreme climatic events. Here, we use forest inventory data to identify the relative importance of stand structure (stand basal area and mean d.b.h.), mean climate (water availability), and recent climate change (temperature and precipitation anomalies) on forest basal area change during the late twentieth century in three major European biomes. Using linear mixed-effects models we observed that stand structure, mean climate, and recent climatic change strongly interact to modulate basal area change. Although we observed a net increment in stand basal area during the late twentieth century, we found the highest basal area increments in forests with medium stand basal areas and small to medium-sized trees. Stand basal area increases correlated positively with water availability and were enhanced in warmer areas. Recent climatic warming caused an increase in stand basal area, but this increase was offset by water availability. Based on recent trends in basal area change, we conclude that the potential rate of aboveground carbon accumulation in European forests strongly depends on both stand structure and concomitant climate warming, adding weight to suggestions that European carbon stocks may saturate in the near future.en_UK
dc.relationRuiz-Benito P, Madrigal-Gonzalez J, Ratcliffe S, Coomes DA, Kändler G, Lehtonen A, Wirth C & Zavala MA (2014) Stand structure and recent climate change constrain stand basal area change in European forests: a comparison across boreal, temperate, and Mediterranean biomes. Ecosystems, 17 (8), pp. 1439-1454.
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dc.subjectcarbon sinken_UK
dc.subjectclimatic variabilityen_UK
dc.subjectinventory-based dataen_UK
dc.subjectminimum temperatureen_UK
dc.subjectmixed modelsen_UK
dc.subjectwater availabilityen_UK
dc.subjectstand basal area changeen_UK
dc.titleStand structure and recent climate change constrain stand basal area change in European forests: a comparison across boreal, temperate, and Mediterranean biomesen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Alcalaen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Cambridgeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationForest Research Institute (Dehradun)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFinnish Forest Research Instituteen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity Leipzigen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Alcalaen_UK
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local.rioxx.authorRuiz-Benito, Paloma|0000-0002-2781-5870en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMadrigal-Gonzalez, Jaime|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorRatcliffe, Sophia|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCoomes, David A|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKändler, Gerald|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorLehtonen, Aleksi|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWirth, Christian|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorZavala, Miguel A|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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