Title

A Reply to Verbeeck and Kearsley: Addressing the Challenges of Including lianas in Global Vegetation Models

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

2 p.

Publication Date

1-2016

Publisher

National Academy of Sciences

Source Publication

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Source ISSN

0027-8424

Abstract

Verbeeck and Kearsley (1) rightfully point out that global vegetation models would greatly benefit from implicitly including the effects of lianas. Recent experimental evidence that lianas substantially reduce the capacity of tropical forests to uptake and store carbon is compelling (2, 3). Furthermore, lianas are increasing relative to trees rapidly in many neotropical forests (4), which will further change the way that forests uptake, cycle, and store carbon.

Comments

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 113, No. 1 (January 2016): E5-E6. DOI.