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Albedo feedbacks to future climate via climate change impacts on dryland biocrusts

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, March 2017
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Title
Albedo feedbacks to future climate via climate change impacts on dryland biocrusts
Published in
Scientific Reports, March 2017
DOI 10.1038/srep44188
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William A. Rutherford, Thomas H. Painter, Scott Ferrenberg, Jayne Belnap, Gregory S. Okin, Cody Flagg, Sasha C. Reed

Abstract

Drylands represent the planet's largest terrestrial biome and evidence suggests these landscapes have large potential for creating feedbacks to future climate. Recent studies also indicate that dryland ecosystems are responding markedly to climate change. Biological soil crusts (biocrusts) ‒ soil surface communities of lichens, mosses, and/or cyanobacteria ‒ comprise up to 70% of dryland cover and help govern fundamental ecosystem functions, including soil stabilization and carbon uptake. Drylands are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation regimes, and such alterations may impact biocrust communities by promoting rapid mortality of foundational species. In turn, biocrust community shifts affect land surface cover and roughness-changes that can dramatically alter albedo. We tested this hypothesis in a full-factorial warming (+4 °C above ambient) and altered precipitation (increased frequency of 1.2 mm monsoon-type watering events) experiment on the Colorado Plateau, USA. We quantified changes in shortwave albedo via multi-angle, solar-reflectance measurements. Warming and watering treatments each led to large increases in albedo (>30%). This increase was driven by biophysical factors related to treatment effects on cyanobacteria cover and soil surface roughness following treatment-induced moss and lichen mortality. A rise in dryland surface albedo may represent a previously unidentified feedback to future climate.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
New Zealand 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Estonia 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 99 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 22 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 20%
Student > Master 15 15%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 6%
Other 15 15%
Unknown 17 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 26%
Environmental Science 23 22%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 13 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 2%
Other 5 5%
Unknown 30 29%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 80. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 May 2019.
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#265,032
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