Reconciling inconsistencies in precipitation-productivity relationships: implications for climate change

  • Alan K. Knapp, Philippe Ciais, Melinda D. Smith
  • New Phytologist, December 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/nph.14381

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The relationship between precipitation and above-ground productivity is considered to be linear in most terrestrial ecosystems. We highlight recent results that are inconsistent with a linear model and propose a new model to better predict productivity responses to future climates characterized by increased precipitation variability and more frequent extremes.

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