Recent changes in arctic vegetation: Satellite observations and simulation model predictions

Scott J. Goetz, Howard E. Epstein, Uma S. Bhatt, Gensuo J. Jia, Jed O. Kaplan, Heike Lischke, Qin Yu, Andrew Bunn, Andrea H. Lloyd, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, Pieter S.A. Beck, Josefino C. Comiso, Martha K. Raynolds, Donald A. Walker

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This chapter provides an overview of observed changes in vegetation productivity in Arctic tundra and boreal forest ecosystems over the past 3 decades, based on satellite remote sensing and other observational records, and relates these to climate variables and sea ice conditions. The emerging patterns and relationships are often complex but clearly reveal a contrast in the response of the tundra and boreal biomes to recent climate change, with the tundra showing increases and undisturbed boreal forests mostly reductions in productivity. The possible reasons for this divergence are discussed and the consequences of continued climate warming for the vegetation in the Arctic region assessed using ecosystem models, both at the biome-scale and at high spatial resolution focussing on plant functional types in the tundra and the tundra-forest ecotones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEurasian Arctic Land Cover and Land Use in a Changing Climate
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9789048191178
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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