Potential feedbacks between loss of biosphere integrity and climate change

Lade, S.J., Norberg, J., Anderies, J.M., Beer, C., Cornell, S.E., Donges, J.F., Fetzer, I., Gasser, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4882-2647, et al. (2019). Potential feedbacks between loss of biosphere integrity and climate change. Global Sustainability 2 e21. 10.1017/sus.2019.18.

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Project: Effects of phosphorus limitations on Life, Earth system and Society (IMBALANCE-P, FP7 610028), Earth Resilience in the Anthropocene (ERA)Integrating non-linear biophysical and social determinantsof Earth-system stability for global sustainabilitythrough a novel community modelling platform (ERA, H2020 743080)


Individual organisms on land and in the ocean sequester massive amounts of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere by humans. Yet the role of ecosystems as a whole in modulating this uptake of carbon is less clear. Here, we study several different mechanisms by which climate change and ecosystems could interact. We show that climate change could cause changes in ecosystems that reduce their capacity to take up carbon, further accelerating climate change. More research on – and better governance of – interactions between climate change and ecosystems is urgently required.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Earth systems (land, water and atmospheric);ecology and biodiversity; modelling andsimulation
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2020 10:39
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:32
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16305

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