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Savanna vegetation-fire-climate relationships differ among continents

Lehmann, Caroline, Anderson, Michael, Sankaran, Mahesh, Higgins, Steven, Archibald, Sally, Hoffmann, William, Hanan, Niall, Williams, Richard, Fensham, Roderick, Felfili, Jeanine, Hutley, Lindsay, Ratnam, Jayashree, San, Jose, Montes, Ruben, Franklin, Donald, Russell-Smith, Jeremy, Ryan, Casey, Durigan, Giselda, Hiernaux, Pierre, Haidar, Ricardo, Bowman, David and Bond, William (2014). Savanna vegetation-fire-climate relationships differ among continents. Science,343(6170):548-552.

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Title Savanna vegetation-fire-climate relationships differ among continents
Author Lehmann, Caroline
Anderson, Michael
Sankaran, Mahesh
Higgins, Steven
Archibald, Sally
Hoffmann, William
Hanan, Niall
Williams, Richard
Fensham, Roderick
Felfili, Jeanine
Hutley, Lindsay
Ratnam, Jayashree
San, Jose
Montes, Ruben
Franklin, Donald
Russell-Smith, Jeremy
Ryan, Casey
Durigan, Giselda
Hiernaux, Pierre
Haidar, Ricardo
Bowman, David
Bond, William
Journal Name Science
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 343
Issue Number 6170
ISSN 0036-8075   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84893026245
Start Page 548
End Page 552
Total Pages 5
Place of Publication United States
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science (A A A S)
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Ecologists have long sought to understand the factors controlling the structure of savanna vegetation. Using data from 2154 sites in savannas across Africa, Australia, and South America, we found that increasing moisture availability drives increases in fire and tree basal area, whereas fire reduces tree basal area. However, among continents, the magnitude of these effects varied substantially, so that a single model cannot adequately represent savanna woody biomass across these regions. Historical and environmental differences drive the regional variation in the functional relationships between woody vegetation, fire, and climate. These same differences will determine the regional responses of vegetation to future climates, with implications for global carbon stocks.
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