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Research paper: Arctic-alpine vegetation biomass is driven by fine-scale abiotic heterogeneity


Suvanto, S., le Roux, P.C. & Luoto, M. (2014). Arctic-alpine vegetation biomass is driven by fine-scale abiotic heterogeneity. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 94(4), 549-560. DOI: 10.1111/geoa.12050

ABSTRACT: During recent decades large changes in vegetation biomass have been observed in arctic and alpine areas. While these temporal trends have been clearly linked to changing climatic conditions, the drivers of local spatial variation in biomass are still relatively poorly understood. Thus, we examine the effects of abiotic conditions (topography, soil properties and geomorphological processes) on aboveground vascular plant biomass to understand the determinants of contemporary fine-scale heterogeneity in this variable. Continue reading