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Synergy of a warm spring and dry summer

Nature volume 534, pages 483484 (23 June 2016) | Download Citation

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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  1. Yude Pan is in the Research Unit of Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences, US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073, USA.

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  2. David Schimel is at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109, USA.

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