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The land biosphere amplifies anthropogenic climate change
May 3, 2013



In a recent article in Nature Climate Change, co-authored by Sönke Zaehle at MPI-BGC, emission of the important greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O by the land biosphere was addressed. Various processes in the terrestrial biosphere that are sensitive to climate and CO2 contribute to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, thus creating multiple positive feedbacks. In the article, the land biosphere’s role as an amplifier of anthropogenic climate change was projected for future climate scenarios using process-based models.

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