Twentieth-Century Droughts and Their Impacts on Terrestrial Carbon Cycling in China

  title={Twentieth-Century Droughts and Their Impacts on Terrestrial Carbon Cycling in China},
  author={Jingfeng Xiao and Qianlai Zhuang and Eryuan Liang and A David McGuire and Aaron Moody and David W. Kicklighter and Xuemei Shao and J M Melillo},
Midlatitude regions experienced frequent droughts during the twentieth century, but their impacts on terrestrial carbon balance are unclear. This paper presents a century-scale study of drought effects on the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystems in China. The authors first characterized the severe extended droughts over the period 1901–2002 using the Palmer drought severity index and then examined how these droughts affected the terrestrial carbon dynamics using tree-ring width chronologies… CONTINUE READING
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