Land Change Science pp 185-208
Woodland Expansion in US Grasslands
While the environmental impacts of tropical deforestation have received considerable attention, reductions in biomass are in stark contrast to significant increases in woody plant abundance in many grasslands worldwide. Though not well quantified on a global scale, this vegetation change has been widely reported in tropical, temperate and high-latitude rangelands worldwide (Archer 1994; Archer et al., 2001). Land-cover change of this type and magnitude is likely to affect key ecosystem processes in grasslands, and may significantly alter carbon cycling and feedbacks to climate change.
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