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Geosciences 2017, 7(3), 83; doi:10.3390/geosciences7030083

Heat Response of Global Vegetation Biomes to Ongoing Climate Warming Based on Remote Sensing

1,* and 1,2,*
1
Key Laboratory of Watershed Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
2
Key Laboratory of Environmental Engineering of Jiangsu Province, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Environmental Science, 167 North Jiangdong Road, Nanjing 210036, China
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Received: 25 July 2017 / Revised: 6 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 9 September 2017
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Abstract

Research is needed by global change scientists on how global vegetation biomes respond to ongoing climate warming. To address this issue, we selected study sites with significant climate warming for diverse vegetation biomes, and used global gridded temperature and remote sensing data over the past 32 years (1982–2013). The results suggested that climate warming in areas above approximately 60° N is relaxing the heat-constraints on vegetation activity, thus promoting plant growth; whereas, in mid to low latitude areas, ongoing climate warming probably imposes negative impacts on vegetation biomes through drought and heat stress. Understanding these potential effects is important for planning adaptation strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate warming, particularly for agro-ecosystems. View Full-Text
Keywords: global vegetation biomes; climate warming; heat responses; remote sensing global vegetation biomes; climate warming; heat responses; remote sensing
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Li, F.; Zhang, X. Heat Response of Global Vegetation Biomes to Ongoing Climate Warming Based on Remote Sensing. Geosciences 2017, 7, 83.

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