Interactions between the atmosphere and terrestrial ecosystems: influence on weather and climate

Roger A. Pielke, Roni Avissar, Michael Raupach, A. Johannes Dolman, Xubin Zeng, A. Scott Denning

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Abstract

This paper overviews the short-term (biophysical) and long-term (out to around 100 year timescales; biogeochemical and biogeographical) influences of the land surface on weather and climate. From our review of the literature, the evidence is convincing that terrestrial ecosystem dynamics on these timescales significantly influence atmospheric processes. In studies of past and possible future climate change, terrestrial ecosystem dynamics are as important as changes in atmospheric dynamics and composition, ocean circulation, ice sheet extent, and orbit perturbations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-475
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal change biology
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science(all)

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