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Synergy of a warm spring and dry summer

An analysis suggests that high carbon uptake by US land ecosystems during the warm spring of 2012 offset the carbon loss that resulted from severe drought over the summer — and hints that the warm spring could have worsened the drought.

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Figure 1: Seasonal and regional variations of carbon uptake in the continental United States.

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Pan, Y., Schimel, D. Synergy of a warm spring and dry summer. Nature 534, 483–484 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature18450

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