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HDYL Boreal Forest Biome

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The boreal forest biome is projected to shift northward due to continued climate change over the coming century. Researchers evaluated early indicators of a boreal forest biome shift using four decades of Landsat observation datasets.

Greening primarily occurred in cold sparsely treed areas with high soil nitrogen and moderate summer warming, whereas browning was concentrated in warm densely treed areas where summer temperatures and vapor pressure deficit increased.

These macroecological trends reflect underlying shifts in vegetation productivity, mortality, and recruitment that are consistent with early stages of a boreal biome shift.

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