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Volume 13, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 13, 3343–3357, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3343-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 13, 3343–3357, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3343-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Jun 2016

Research article | 08 Jun 2016

The climatic imprint of bimodal distributions in vegetation cover for western Africa

Zun Yin et al.
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Bimodality is found in aboveground biomass and mean annual shortwave radiation in West Africa, which is a strong evidence of alternative stable states. The condition with low biomass and low radiation is demonstrated under which ecosystem state can shift between savanna and forest states. Moreover, climatic indicators have different prediction confidences to different land cover types. A new method is proposed to predict potential land cover change with a combination of climatic indicators.
Bimodality is found in aboveground biomass and mean annual shortwave radiation in West Africa,...
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