Models

Ecosystem Functioning Is Enveloped by Hydrometeorological Variability

Terrestrial ecosystem processes, and the associated vegetation carbon dynamics, respond differently to hydrometeorological variability across timescales, and so does our scientific understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Long-term variability of …

Observing ecosystems with lightweight, rapid-scanning terrestrial lidar scanners

A new wave of terrestrial lidar scanners, optimized for rapid scanning and portability, such as the Compact Biomass Lidar (CBL), enable and improve observations of structure across a range of important ecosystems. We performed studies with the CBL in …

Influence of Physiological Phenology on the Seasonal Pattern of Ecosystem Respiration in Deciduous Forests

Understanding the environmental and biotic drivers of respiration at the ecosystem level is a prerequisite to further improve scenarios of the global carbon cycle. In this study we investigated the relevance of physiological phenology, defined as …

Linking Plant and Ecosystem Functional Biogeography

Classical biogeographical observations suggest that ecosystems are strongly shaped by climatic constraints in terms of their structure and function. On the other hand, vegetation function feeds back on the climate system via biosphere-atmosphere …

Global Convergence in the Temperature Sensitivity of Respiration at Ecosystem Level

The respiratory release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the land surface is a major flux in the global carbon cycle, antipodal to photosynthetic CO2 uptake. Understanding the sensitivity of respiratory processes to temperature is central for quantifying …