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Urgent need for warming experiments in tropical forests

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Cavaleri, M. A., Reed, S. C., Smith, W. K. and Wood, T. E. (2015), Urgent need for warming experiments in tropical forests. Glob Change Biol, 21: 2111–2121. doi:10.1111/gcb.12860

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Although tropical forests account for only a fraction of the planet's terrestrial surface, they exchange more carbon dioxide with the atmosphere than any other biome on Earth, and thus play a disproportionate role in the global climate. In the next 20 years, the tropics will experience unprecedented warming, yet there is exceedingly high uncertainty about their potential responses to this imminent climatic change. Here, we prioritize research approaches given both funding and logistical constraints in order to resolve major uncertainties about how tropical forests function and also to improve predictive capacity of earth system models. We investigate overall model uncertainty of tropical latitudes and explore the scientific benefits [...]

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noteCavaleri, M. A., Reed, S. C., Smith, W. K. and Wood, T. E. (2015), Urgent need for warming experiments in tropical forests. Glob Change Biol, 21: 2111–2121. doi:10.1111/gcb.12860

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