Cold-intolerant plants are creeping farther north
NASA satellites and modeling studies found that rising temperatures across the Arctic are enabling once cold-intolerant plant species to take root. As these plants encroach farther north, they are causing an overall “greening” of the region, which could have lasting effects on how the ecosystem responds to future environmental change.
Data Sources: Global Inventory Modeling and Mapping Studies (GIMMS) 3g model and the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project version 5 Earth System Model
Keenan, T.F., Riley, W.J. 2018. Greening of the land surface in the world’s cold regions consistent with recent warming. Nature Climate Change, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0258-y, 2018
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