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Title: Climate seasonality limits leaf carbon assimilation and wood productivity in tropical forests

Abstract

Here, the seasonal climate drivers of the carbon cycle in tropical forests remain poorly known, although these forests account for more carbon assimilation and storage than any other terrestrial ecosystem. Based on a unique combination of seasonal pan-tropical data sets from 89 experimental sites (68 include aboveground wood productivity measurements and 35 litter productivity measurements), their associated canopy photosynthetic capacity (enhanced vegetation index, EVI) and climate, we ask how carbon assimilation and aboveground allocation are related to climate seasonality in tropical forests and how they interact in the seasonal carbon cycle. We found that canopy photosynthetic capacity seasonality responds positively to precipitation when rainfall is < 2000 mm yr-1 (water-limited forests) and to radiation otherwise (light-limited forests). On the other hand, independent of climate limitations, wood productivity and litterfall are driven by seasonal variation in precipitation and evapotranspiration, respectively. Consequently, light-limited forests present an asynchronism between canopy photosynthetic capacity and wood productivity. First-order control by precipitation likely indicates a decrease in tropical forest productivity in a drier climate in water-limited forest, and in current light-limited forest with future rainfall < 2000 mm yr-1.

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Research Org.:
National Institute for Space Research – INPE, São José dos Campos (Brazil). Remote Sensing Div.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1375421
Grant/Contract Number:  
13/14520-6
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Biogeosciences (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Biogeosciences (Online); Journal Volume: 13; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1726-4189
Publisher:
European Geosciences Union
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES

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Wagner, Fabien H., Hérault, Bruno, Bonal, Damien, Stahl, Clément, Anderson, Liana O., Baker, Timothy R., Becker, Gabriel Sebastian, Beeckman, Hans, Boanerges Souza, Danilo, Botosso, Paulo Cesar, Bowman, David M. J. S., Bräuning, Achim, Brede, Benjamin, Brown, Foster Irving, Camarero, Jesus Julio, Camargo, Plínio Barbosa, Cardoso, Fernanda C. G., Carvalho, Fabrício Alvim, Castro, Wendeson, Chagas, Rubens Koloski, Chave, Jérome, Chidumayo, Emmanuel N., Clark, Deborah A., Costa, Flavia Regina Capellotto, Couralet, Camille, da Silva Mauricio, Paulo Henrique, Dalitz, Helmut, de Castro, Vinicius Resende, de Freitas Milani, Jaçanan Eloisa, de Oliveira, Edilson Consuelo, de Souza Arruda, Luciano, Devineau, Jean-Louis, Drew, David M., Dünisch, Oliver, Durigan, Giselda, Elifuraha, Elisha, Fedele, Marcio, Ferreira Fedele, Ligia, Figueiredo Filho, Afonso, Finger, César Augusto Guimarães, Franco, Augusto César, Freitas Júnior, João Lima, Galvão, Franklin, Gebrekirstos, Aster, Gliniars, Robert, Graça, Paulo Maurício Lima de Alencastro, Griffiths, Anthony D., Grogan, James, Guan, Kaiyu, Homeier, Jürgen, Kanieski, Maria Raquel, Kho, Lip Khoon, Koenig, Jennifer, Kohler, Sintia Valerio, Krepkowski, Julia, Lemos-Filho, José Pires, Lieberman, Diana, Lieberman, Milton Eugene, Lisi, Claudio Sergio, Longhi Santos, Tomaz, López Ayala, José Luis, Maeda, Eduardo Eijji, Malhi, Yadvinder, Maria, Vivian R. B., Marques, Marcia C. M., Marques, Renato, Maza Chamba, Hector, Mbwambo, Lawrence, Melgaço, Karina Liana Lisboa, Mendivelso, Hooz Angela, Murphy, Brett P., O'Brien, Joseph J., Oberbauer, Steven F., Okada, Naoki, Pélissier, Raphaël, Prior, Lynda D., Roig, Fidel Alejandro, Ross, Michael, Rossatto, Davi Rodrigo, Rossi, Vivien, Rowland, Lucy, Rutishauser, Ervan, Santana, Hellen, Schulze, Mark, Selhorst, Diogo, Silva, Williamar Rodrigues, Silveira, Marcos, Spannl, Susanne, Swaine, Michael D., Toledo, José Julio, Toledo, Marcos Miranda, Toledo, Marisol, Toma, Takeshi, Tomazello Filho, Mario, Valdez Hernández, Juan Ignacio, Verbesselt, Jan, Vieira, Simone Aparecida, Vincent, Grégoire, Volkmer de Castilho, Carolina, Volland, Franziska, Worbes, Martin, Zanon, Magda Lea Bolzan, and Aragão, Luiz E. O. C. Climate seasonality limits leaf carbon assimilation and wood productivity in tropical forests. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.5194/bg-13-2537-2016.
Wagner, Fabien H., Hérault, Bruno, Bonal, Damien, Stahl, Clément, Anderson, Liana O., Baker, Timothy R., Becker, Gabriel Sebastian, Beeckman, Hans, Boanerges Souza, Danilo, Botosso, Paulo Cesar, Bowman, David M. J. S., Bräuning, Achim, Brede, Benjamin, Brown, Foster Irving, Camarero, Jesus Julio, Camargo, Plínio Barbosa, Cardoso, Fernanda C. G., Carvalho, Fabrício Alvim, Castro, Wendeson, Chagas, Rubens Koloski, Chave, Jérome, Chidumayo, Emmanuel N., Clark, Deborah A., Costa, Flavia Regina Capellotto, Couralet, Camille, da Silva Mauricio, Paulo Henrique, Dalitz, Helmut, de Castro, Vinicius Resende, de Freitas Milani, Jaçanan Eloisa, de Oliveira, Edilson Consuelo, de Souza Arruda, Luciano, Devineau, Jean-Louis, Drew, David M., Dünisch, Oliver, Durigan, Giselda, Elifuraha, Elisha, Fedele, Marcio, Ferreira Fedele, Ligia, Figueiredo Filho, Afonso, Finger, César Augusto Guimarães, Franco, Augusto César, Freitas Júnior, João Lima, Galvão, Franklin, Gebrekirstos, Aster, Gliniars, Robert, Graça, Paulo Maurício Lima de Alencastro, Griffiths, Anthony D., Grogan, James, Guan, Kaiyu, Homeier, Jürgen, Kanieski, Maria Raquel, Kho, Lip Khoon, Koenig, Jennifer, Kohler, Sintia Valerio, Krepkowski, Julia, Lemos-Filho, José Pires, Lieberman, Diana, Lieberman, Milton Eugene, Lisi, Claudio Sergio, Longhi Santos, Tomaz, López Ayala, José Luis, Maeda, Eduardo Eijji, Malhi, Yadvinder, Maria, Vivian R. B., Marques, Marcia C. M., Marques, Renato, Maza Chamba, Hector, Mbwambo, Lawrence, Melgaço, Karina Liana Lisboa, Mendivelso, Hooz Angela, Murphy, Brett P., O'Brien, Joseph J., Oberbauer, Steven F., Okada, Naoki, Pélissier, Raphaël, Prior, Lynda D., Roig, Fidel Alejandro, Ross, Michael, Rossatto, Davi Rodrigo, Rossi, Vivien, Rowland, Lucy, Rutishauser, Ervan, Santana, Hellen, Schulze, Mark, Selhorst, Diogo, Silva, Williamar Rodrigues, Silveira, Marcos, Spannl, Susanne, Swaine, Michael D., Toledo, José Julio, Toledo, Marcos Miranda, Toledo, Marisol, Toma, Takeshi, Tomazello Filho, Mario, Valdez Hernández, Juan Ignacio, Verbesselt, Jan, Vieira, Simone Aparecida, Vincent, Grégoire, Volkmer de Castilho, Carolina, Volland, Franziska, Worbes, Martin, Zanon, Magda Lea Bolzan, & Aragão, Luiz E. O. C. Climate seasonality limits leaf carbon assimilation and wood productivity in tropical forests. United States. doi:10.5194/bg-13-2537-2016.
Wagner, Fabien H., Hérault, Bruno, Bonal, Damien, Stahl, Clément, Anderson, Liana O., Baker, Timothy R., Becker, Gabriel Sebastian, Beeckman, Hans, Boanerges Souza, Danilo, Botosso, Paulo Cesar, Bowman, David M. J. S., Bräuning, Achim, Brede, Benjamin, Brown, Foster Irving, Camarero, Jesus Julio, Camargo, Plínio Barbosa, Cardoso, Fernanda C. G., Carvalho, Fabrício Alvim, Castro, Wendeson, Chagas, Rubens Koloski, Chave, Jérome, Chidumayo, Emmanuel N., Clark, Deborah A., Costa, Flavia Regina Capellotto, Couralet, Camille, da Silva Mauricio, Paulo Henrique, Dalitz, Helmut, de Castro, Vinicius Resende, de Freitas Milani, Jaçanan Eloisa, de Oliveira, Edilson Consuelo, de Souza Arruda, Luciano, Devineau, Jean-Louis, Drew, David M., Dünisch, Oliver, Durigan, Giselda, Elifuraha, Elisha, Fedele, Marcio, Ferreira Fedele, Ligia, Figueiredo Filho, Afonso, Finger, César Augusto Guimarães, Franco, Augusto César, Freitas Júnior, João Lima, Galvão, Franklin, Gebrekirstos, Aster, Gliniars, Robert, Graça, Paulo Maurício Lima de Alencastro, Griffiths, Anthony D., Grogan, James, Guan, Kaiyu, Homeier, Jürgen, Kanieski, Maria Raquel, Kho, Lip Khoon, Koenig, Jennifer, Kohler, Sintia Valerio, Krepkowski, Julia, Lemos-Filho, José Pires, Lieberman, Diana, Lieberman, Milton Eugene, Lisi, Claudio Sergio, Longhi Santos, Tomaz, López Ayala, José Luis, Maeda, Eduardo Eijji, Malhi, Yadvinder, Maria, Vivian R. B., Marques, Marcia C. M., Marques, Renato, Maza Chamba, Hector, Mbwambo, Lawrence, Melgaço, Karina Liana Lisboa, Mendivelso, Hooz Angela, Murphy, Brett P., O'Brien, Joseph J., Oberbauer, Steven F., Okada, Naoki, Pélissier, Raphaël, Prior, Lynda D., Roig, Fidel Alejandro, Ross, Michael, Rossatto, Davi Rodrigo, Rossi, Vivien, Rowland, Lucy, Rutishauser, Ervan, Santana, Hellen, Schulze, Mark, Selhorst, Diogo, Silva, Williamar Rodrigues, Silveira, Marcos, Spannl, Susanne, Swaine, Michael D., Toledo, José Julio, Toledo, Marcos Miranda, Toledo, Marisol, Toma, Takeshi, Tomazello Filho, Mario, Valdez Hernández, Juan Ignacio, Verbesselt, Jan, Vieira, Simone Aparecida, Vincent, Grégoire, Volkmer de Castilho, Carolina, Volland, Franziska, Worbes, Martin, Zanon, Magda Lea Bolzan, and Aragão, Luiz E. O. C. Thu . "Climate seasonality limits leaf carbon assimilation and wood productivity in tropical forests". United States. doi:10.5194/bg-13-2537-2016. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1375421.
@article{osti_1375421,
title = {Climate seasonality limits leaf carbon assimilation and wood productivity in tropical forests},
author = {Wagner, Fabien H. and Hérault, Bruno and Bonal, Damien and Stahl, Clément and Anderson, Liana O. and Baker, Timothy R. and Becker, Gabriel Sebastian and Beeckman, Hans and Boanerges Souza, Danilo and Botosso, Paulo Cesar and Bowman, David M. J. S. and Bräuning, Achim and Brede, Benjamin and Brown, Foster Irving and Camarero, Jesus Julio and Camargo, Plínio Barbosa and Cardoso, Fernanda C. G. and Carvalho, Fabrício Alvim and Castro, Wendeson and Chagas, Rubens Koloski and Chave, Jérome and Chidumayo, Emmanuel N. and Clark, Deborah A. and Costa, Flavia Regina Capellotto and Couralet, Camille and da Silva Mauricio, Paulo Henrique and Dalitz, Helmut and de Castro, Vinicius Resende and de Freitas Milani, Jaçanan Eloisa and de Oliveira, Edilson Consuelo and de Souza Arruda, Luciano and Devineau, Jean-Louis and Drew, David M. and Dünisch, Oliver and Durigan, Giselda and Elifuraha, Elisha and Fedele, Marcio and Ferreira Fedele, Ligia and Figueiredo Filho, Afonso and Finger, César Augusto Guimarães and Franco, Augusto César and Freitas Júnior, João Lima and Galvão, Franklin and Gebrekirstos, Aster and Gliniars, Robert and Graça, Paulo Maurício Lima de Alencastro and Griffiths, Anthony D. and Grogan, James and Guan, Kaiyu and Homeier, Jürgen and Kanieski, Maria Raquel and Kho, Lip Khoon and Koenig, Jennifer and Kohler, Sintia Valerio and Krepkowski, Julia and Lemos-Filho, José Pires and Lieberman, Diana and Lieberman, Milton Eugene and Lisi, Claudio Sergio and Longhi Santos, Tomaz and López Ayala, José Luis and Maeda, Eduardo Eijji and Malhi, Yadvinder and Maria, Vivian R. B. and Marques, Marcia C. M. and Marques, Renato and Maza Chamba, Hector and Mbwambo, Lawrence and Melgaço, Karina Liana Lisboa and Mendivelso, Hooz Angela and Murphy, Brett P. and O'Brien, Joseph J. and Oberbauer, Steven F. and Okada, Naoki and Pélissier, Raphaël and Prior, Lynda D. and Roig, Fidel Alejandro and Ross, Michael and Rossatto, Davi Rodrigo and Rossi, Vivien and Rowland, Lucy and Rutishauser, Ervan and Santana, Hellen and Schulze, Mark and Selhorst, Diogo and Silva, Williamar Rodrigues and Silveira, Marcos and Spannl, Susanne and Swaine, Michael D. and Toledo, José Julio and Toledo, Marcos Miranda and Toledo, Marisol and Toma, Takeshi and Tomazello Filho, Mario and Valdez Hernández, Juan Ignacio and Verbesselt, Jan and Vieira, Simone Aparecida and Vincent, Grégoire and Volkmer de Castilho, Carolina and Volland, Franziska and Worbes, Martin and Zanon, Magda Lea Bolzan and Aragão, Luiz E. O. C.},
abstractNote = {Here, the seasonal climate drivers of the carbon cycle in tropical forests remain poorly known, although these forests account for more carbon assimilation and storage than any other terrestrial ecosystem. Based on a unique combination of seasonal pan-tropical data sets from 89 experimental sites (68 include aboveground wood productivity measurements and 35 litter productivity measurements), their associated canopy photosynthetic capacity (enhanced vegetation index, EVI) and climate, we ask how carbon assimilation and aboveground allocation are related to climate seasonality in tropical forests and how they interact in the seasonal carbon cycle. We found that canopy photosynthetic capacity seasonality responds positively to precipitation when rainfall is < 2000 mm yr-1 (water-limited forests) and to radiation otherwise (light-limited forests). On the other hand, independent of climate limitations, wood productivity and litterfall are driven by seasonal variation in precipitation and evapotranspiration, respectively. Consequently, light-limited forests present an asynchronism between canopy photosynthetic capacity and wood productivity. First-order control by precipitation likely indicates a decrease in tropical forest productivity in a drier climate in water-limited forest, and in current light-limited forest with future rainfall < 2000 mm yr-1.},
doi = {10.5194/bg-13-2537-2016},
journal = {Biogeosciences (Online)},
number = 8,
volume = 13,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

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