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Fig. 3

From: Changes in rainfall distribution promote woody foliage production in the Sahel

Fig. 3

Rainfall distribution impact on vegetation composition in the Ferlo. a Daily rainfall estimates overlaying the nine field sites averaged for three 10 year periods. The arrows mark the averaged (1987–2016) start and end dates: core wet-season rains (rainfallC; cyan arrow and grey shaded box) is useful for annual herbaceous plants and falls on average between day of year 204 and 244 following a ruleset applied to the field sites. The remaining early and late rains (rainfallEL) are shown as dark blue arrows. Both components sum up to annual rainfall (1st May to 31st October). b Mean daily rainfall for rains before day of year 204 (left bar), 204–244 (middle bar), and after day of year 244 (right bar) averaged for three periods. c Field-measured herbaceous (AGH) and woody foliage (WPF) mass are correlated with annually decomposed CHIRPS based rainfall metrics (1987–2016). Crosses mark insignificant (P > 0.05) correlations. d Temporal dynamics in field-measured herbaceous (AGH) and woody foliage (WPF), as well as annually decomposed rainfall components illustrated in (a) (z-scores)

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