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Urgent need to improve modelled sensitivity of evaporation to vegetation change

Earth system model projections of vegetation–climate feedback frequently depend on inaccurate values of evaporation sensitivity to vegetation changes, potentially resulting in misleading conclusions. A promising avenue involves improving the transpiration partitioning parameterizations and incorporating groundwater connections to refine the modelled sensitivity.

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Fig. 1: Disparities in climate responses to idealized deforestation within the deforest-glob experiment of LUMIP.
Fig. 2: Schematic diagram highlighting problems in transpiration partitioning in Earth system models.

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This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (42371026 and 42071022) and by the start-up fund provided by the Southern University of Science and Technology (29/Y01296602, 29/Y01296122 and 29/Y01296222).

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Wang, D., Zeng, Z. Urgent need to improve modelled sensitivity of evaporation to vegetation change. Nat Water 2, 211–214 (2024).

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