Seasonal drivers of understorey temperature buffering in temperate deciduous forests across Europe
Zellweger, Florian ; Coomes, David ; Lenoir, Jonathan ; Depauw, Leen ; Maes, Sybryn L. ; Wulf, Monika ; Kirby, Keith J. ; Brunet, Jörg et al.
Citable Link (URL):http://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/16773
Journal Article (Published version)
Aim: Forest understorey microclimates are often buffered against extreme heat or cold, with important implications for the organisms living in these environments. We quantified seasonal effects of understorey microclimate predictors describing canopy structure, canopy composition and topography (i.e., local factors) and the forest patch size and distance to the coast (i.e., landscape factors). Location: Temperate forests in Europe. Time period: 2017–2018. Major taxa studied: Woody plants. Methods: We combined data from a microclimate sensor network with weather‐ station records to calculate the difference, or offset, between temperatures meas‐ ured inside and outside forests. We used regression analysis to study the effects of local and landscape factors on the seasonal offset of minimum, mean and maximum temperatures.
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