Aboveground biomass (Mg C/ha) for the Amazon Basin under CCSM 3.0 climate, current deforestation (BAU), and fire scenarios (2060s)

Feb 17, 2011
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The integrity of Amazon forests are currently threatened by climate change, deforestation, and fire. However, it is unclear how these agents of change interact over large spatial and temporal domains and reducing this uncertainty is important for projecting changes in carbon stocks and species biogeography, and could better inform continental scale conservation programs. With this in mind, aboveground biomass and tree cover data were produced using the dynamic global vegetation model, LPJmL, with 9 different global climate models (using the SRES A2 emissions storyline) and 2 different deforestation scenarios (from Soares et al.). The existing fire module was modified to include 'escaped fire' associated with deforestation, and included feedbacks from climate change as temperatures warm and litter moisture decreases. The data presented here include control simulations (i.e., no climate change, no deforestation, and no fire) to provide baselines for comparing with projected global change influences. In total, 10 climate scenarios, 6 deforestation and fire scenarios, and 5 time slices are presentation (n = 300) for aboveground biomass and tree cover.
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Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and European Union Marie Curie Greencycles Research Training Network

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2050 to 2070
Poulter, B, L Aragao, J Heinke, A Rammig, K Thonicke, F Langerwisch, U Heyder and W Cramer. 2010. Net biome production of the Amazon Basin in the 21st century. Global Change Biology, 16(7):2062-2075. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02064.x..

Poulter, B, F Hattermann, E Hawkins, S Sitch, N Restrano-Coupe, S Zaehle, U Heyder and W Cramer. 2010. Robust dynamics of Amazon dieback to climate change with perturbed ecosystem model parameters. Global Change Biology, 16(9)2476-2495. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02157.
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0.5 degrees latitude and longitude
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Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and European Union Marie Curie Greencycles Research Training Network
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