Climate extremes impacts on terrestrial vegetation
The terrestrial biosphere is a key component of the carbon cycle, taking up about one third of anthropogenic CO2 emissions from the atmosphere. In the future, however, the increasing occurrence of climatic extremes could significantly decrease the efficiency of this land carbon sink. Within the framework of the Belspo SAT-EX project, we investigate how vegetation extremes (e.g. forest dieback, vegetation greening or browning) are driven by climatic extremes (e.g. heatwaves, droughts, heavy precipitation) and how they change in frequency and intensity over the satellite era (approx. 1980-2010).