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On the relationship between vegetation and climate in tropical and northern Africa

Schmidt, Martin and Klein, Doris and Conrad, Christopher and Dech, Stefan and Paeth, Heiko (2014) On the relationship between vegetation and climate in tropical and northern Africa. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 115, pp. 341-353. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s00704-013-0900-6. ISSN 0177-798X.

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Vegetation cover is a crucial component of the Earth’s climate system but, still, our understanding of the mechanisms governing the reciprocal influence between atmosphere and vegetation is limited. In this study, we investigate the unilateral atmospheric impact on vegetation cover in tropical and northern Africa, differentiated into regions with different circulation regimes and into detailed land-cover classes. In contrast to former studies, climate predictors from a regional climate model are used as input for a multiple regression model. Climate models provide consistent data without gaps at high spatial resolution, a considerably larger set of available climate variables and the perspective to transfer the statistical relationships to future projections, e.g., in the context of anthropogenic climate change. Indeed, robust climate predictors which drive up to 70 % of observed interannual vegetation variability could be extracted from the climate model. Besides precipitation and temperature, global radiation, and relative humidity play an important role. The statistical transfer functions are plausible in terms of the affected regions and land-cover classes and draw a rather complex picture of the atmosphere–vegetation relation in Africa.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83462/
Document Type:Article
Title:On the relationship between vegetation and climate in tropical and northern Africa
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schmidt, MartinUniversity of Wuerzburg, Department of Geography, Remote Sensing UnitUNSPECIFIED
Klein, Dorisdoris.klein (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Conrad, ChristopherChristopher.Conrad (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Paeth, Heikoheiko.paeth (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Theoretical and Applied Climatology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s00704-013-0900-6
Page Range:pp. 341-353
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Keywords:NDVI, climate model, atmosphere-vegetation relation, Africa
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Geoscientific remote sensing and GIS methods
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Klein, Doris
Deposited On:17 Jul 2013 13:09
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:17

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