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Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr

Hoogakker, BAA; Smith, RS; Singarayer, JS; Marchant, R; Prentice, IC; Allen, JRM; Anderson, RS; ... Tzedakis, C; + view all (2016) Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr. Climate of the Past , 12 (1) pp. 51-73. 10.5194/cp-12-51-2016. Green open access

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© 2016 Author(s). A new global synthesis and biomization of long (> 40 kyr) pollen-data records is presented and used with simulations from the HadCM3 and FAMOUS climate models and the BIOME4 vegetation model to analyse the dynamics of the global terrestrial biosphere and carbon storage over the last glacial-interglacial cycle. Simulated biome distributions using BIOME4 driven by HadCM3 and FAMOUS at the global scale over time generally agree well with those inferred from pollen data. Global average areas of grassland and dry shrubland, desert, and tundra biomes show large-scale increases during the Last Glacial Maximum, between ca. 64 and 74 ka BP and cool substages of Marine Isotope Stage 5, at the expense of the tropical forest, warm-temperate forest, and temperate forest biomes. These changes are reflected in BIOME4 simulations of global net primary productivity, showing good agreement between the two models. Such changes are likely to affect terrestrial carbon storage, which in turn influences the stable carbon isotopic composition of seawater as terrestrial carbon is depleted in 13C.

Type: Article
Title: Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5194/cp-12-51-2016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-51-2016
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) 2016. CC Attribution 3.0 License. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476175
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