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Desert grassland responses to climate and soil moisture suggest divergent vulnerabilities across the southwestern US

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Gremer, J.R., Bradford, J.B., Munson, S.M., and Duniway, M.C., 2015, Desert grassland responses to climate and soil moisture suggest divergent vulnerabilities across the southwestern US: Global Change Biology, vol. (online), http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13043.

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Climate change predictions include warming and drying trends, which are expected to be particularly pronounced in the southwestern United States. In this region, grassland dynamics are tightly linked to available moisture, yet it has proven difficult to resolve what aspects of climate drive vegetation change. In part, this is because it is unclear how heterogeneity in soils affects plant responses to climate. Here, we combine climate and soil properties with a mechanistic soil water model to explain temporal fluctuations in perennial grass cover, quantify where and the degree to which incorporating soil water dynamics enhances our ability to understand temporal patterns, and explore the potential consequences of climate change by assessing [...]

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