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Shrub expansion in tundra ecosystems: dynamics, impacts and research priorities

Abstract:

Recent research using repeat photography, long-term ecological monitoring and dendrochronology has documented shrub expansion in arctic, high-latitude and alpine tundra ecosystems. Here, we (1)synthesize these findings, (2)present a conceptual framework that identifies mechanisms and constraints on shrub increase, (3)explore causes, feedbacks and implications of the increased shrub cover in tundra ecosystems, and (4)address potential lines of investigation for future research. Satellite obser...

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Myers-Smith, IH More by this author
Forbes, BC More by this author
Wilmking, M More by this author
Hallinger, M More by this author
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Publisher:
Institute of Physics Publishing
Journal:
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS
Volume:
6
Issue:
4
Pages:
045509-045509
Publication date:
2011
DOI:
EISSN:
1748-9326
ISSN:
1748-9326
URN:
uuid:3331b31c-ca00-4293-ab27-ae4f5b7ed335
Source identifiers:
330320
Local pid:
pubs:330320

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