Research report 2021 - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Threats to ecosystems from recurring extreme events
Ana Bastos und Markus Reichstein
Abteilung Biogeochemische Integration am Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Jena
SummaryThe frequency of extreme weather and climate events increases with each additional degree of global warming. Such events impact key ecosystem function leaving legacies over several years. As the intervals between stress conditions shorten, the recovery time between two events is limited, threatening ecosystem stability. Remote-sensing is a valuable tool for monitoring vegetation condition and impact/recovery pathways associated with extreme events. Such information can provide important insights into management strategies to mitigate some of the impacts of climate change.