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BG | Volume 15, issue 1
Biogeosciences, 15, 233–243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-233-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 233–243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-233-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 11 Jan 2018

Research article | 11 Jan 2018

Sensitivity of woody carbon stocks to bark investment strategy in Neotropical savannas and forests

Anna T. Trugman et al.
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Tree fire tolerance strategies may significantly impact woody carbon stability and the existence of tropical savannas under global climate change. We used a numerical ecosystem model to test the impacts of fire survival strategy under differing fire and rainfall regimes. We found that the high survival rate of large fire-tolerant trees reduced carbon losses with increasing fire frequency, and reduced the range of conditions leading to either complete tree loss or complete grass loss.
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