Field experiments underestimate aboveground biomass response to drought

György Kröel-Dulay, Andrea Mojzes, Katalin Szitár, Michael Bahn, Péter Batáry, Claus Beier, Mark Bilton, Hans J. De Boeck, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Marc Estiarte, Petr Holub, Anke Jentsch, Inger Kappel Schmidt, Juergen Kreyling, Sabine Reinsch, Klaus Steenberg Larsen, Marcelo Sternberg, Katja Tielbörger, Albert Tietema, Sara ViccaJosep Peñuelas

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Researchers use both experiments and observations to study the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, but results from these contrasting approaches have not been systematically compared for droughts. Using a meta-analysis and accounting for potential confounding factors, we demonstrate that aboveground biomass responded only about half as much to experimentally imposed drought events as to natural droughts. Our findings indicate that experimental results may underestimate climate change impacts and highlight the need to integrate results across approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-545
Number of pages6
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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