Hot spots of vegetation-climate feedbacks under future greenhouse forcing in Europe

Typ: Rapport
Serie: Journal of Geophysical Research 115, D21119.
Författare: Wramneby, A., Smith, B. and Samuelsson, P.


We performed simulations of future biophysical vegetation-climate feedbacks with a regional Earth System Model, RCA-GUESS, interactively coupling a regional climate model and a process-based model of vegetation dynamics and biogeochemistry. Our results suggest that vegetation-climate feedbacks over the European study area will be rather modest compared to the radiative forcing of increased global CO2 concentrations but may modify warming projections locally, regionally, and seasonally, compared with results from traditional “off-line" regional climate models lacking a representation of the relevant feedback mechanisms.