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The carbon cycle under stress

In the summer of 2003, Europe experienced an exceptionally hot and dry spell. That ‘natural experiment’ prompted a continental-scale analysis of how terrestrial ecosystems respond to such climatic extremes.

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Figure 1: Consequences of heat and drought.

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Baldocchi, D. The carbon cycle under stress. Nature 437, 483–484 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1038/437483a

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