Growth duration is a better predictor of stem increment than carbon supply in a Mediterranean oak forest: implications for assessing forest productivity under climate change.

@article{Lempereur2015GrowthDI,
  title={Growth duration is a better predictor of stem increment than carbon supply in a Mediterranean oak forest: implications for assessing forest productivity under climate change.},
  author={Morine Lempereur and Nicolas K Martin-StPaul and Claire Damesin and Richard Joffre and Jean-Marc Ourcival and Alain Rocheteau and Serge Rambal},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2015},
  volume={207 3},
  pages={579-90}
}
Understanding whether tree growth is limited by carbon gain (source limitation) or by the direct effect of environmental factors such as water deficit or temperature (sink limitation) is crucial for improving projections of the effects of climate change on forest productivity. We studied the relationships between tree basal area (BA) variations, eddy covariance carbon fluxes, predawn water potential (Ψpd ) and temperature at different timescales using an 8-yr dataset and a rainfall exclusion… CONTINUE READING
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