Land Use and Climate
Terrestrial ecosystems affect climate through exchanges of energy, water, momentum, mineral aerosols, CO2, and other atmospheric gases. Changes in community composition and ecosystem structure alter these exchanges and in doing so alter surface energy fluxes, the hydrologic cycle, and biogeochemical cycles. As a result, changes in land cover through natural vegetation dynamics or human uses of land can alter climate.
KeywordsLand Cover Boreal Forest Leaf Area Index Latent Heat Flux Land Cover Change
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