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On the detection of summertime terrestrial photosynthetic variability from its...

Bonfils, C., I. Fung, S. Doney, and J. John (2004), On the detection of summertime terrestrial photosynthetic variability from its atmospheric signature, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L09207, doi:10.1029/2004GL019453.

We identify the climatic signatures of the summertime terrestrial photosynthesis variability using a long simulation of pre-industrial climate performed with the NCAR coupled global climate-carbon model. Since plant physiology controls simultaneously CO2 uptake and surface fluxes of water, changes in photosynthesis are accompanied by changes in numerous climate variables: daily maximum temperature, diurnal temperature range, Bowen ratio, canopy temperature and tropospheric lapse rate. Results show that these climate variables may be used as powerful proxies for photosynthesis activity for subtropical vegetation and for tropical vegetation when photosynthetic variability may be limited by water availability.

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