Who is the new sheriff in town regulating boreal forest growth?

Williams, A. Park; Xu, Chonggang; McDowell, Nate G.

Climate change appears to be altering boreal forests. One recently observed symptom of these changes has been an apparent weakening of the positive relationship between high-latitude boreal tree growth and temperature at some sites (D'Arrigo et al 2008). This phenomenon is referred to as the 'divergence problem' or 'divergence effect' and is thought to reflect a non-linear relationship between temperature and tree growth, where recent warming has allowed other factors besides growing-season temperature to emerge as dominant regulators of annual growth rates.


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Environmental Research Letters

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Biology and Paleo Environment
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March 28, 2014