Global Resilience of Tropical Forest and Savanna to Critical Transitions

  title={Global Resilience of Tropical Forest and Savanna to Critical Transitions},
  author={Marina Hirota and Milena Holmgren and Egbert H. van Nes and Marten Scheffer},
  pages={232 - 235}
Tree distributions across continents indicate three distinct stable states in tree cover―forest, savanna, and treeless. It has been suggested that tropical forest and savanna could represent alternative stable states, implying critical transitions at tipping points in response to altered climate or other drivers. So far, evidence for this idea has remained elusive, and integrated climate models assume smooth vegetation responses. We analyzed data on the distribution of tree cover in Africa… 

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