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Data from: Links across ecological scales: Plant biomass responses to elevated CO2

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Maschler, Julia et al. (2022). Data from: Links across ecological scales: Plant biomass responses to elevated CO2 [Dataset]. Dryad.


Despite the wide agreement that increased plant biomass accumulation under elevated CO2 concentrations (e[CO2]) might play a key role in climate change, the effect of e[CO2] on plant biomass levels remains a major uncertainty in climate models. In the review associated with this dataset, we discuss the evidence for increased biomass levels under e[CO2] across multiple levels of ecological organization, scaling from physiological responses to changes in population-, community-, ecosystem-, and global-scale dynamics. We find that evidence for a sustained biomass response to e[CO2] varies across ecological scales, leading to diverging conclusions about the responses of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. We identify key research gaps in our understanding of the effect of e[CO2] on plant biomass and highlight the need to integrate knowledge across scales of ecological organization so that large-scale modeling can represent the finer-scale mechanisms needed to constrain our understanding of future terrestrial C storage.


BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate)

DOB Ecology

Hessian Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG)

National Science Foundation, Award: DEB-1926438

Swiss National Science Foundation, Award: PZ00P3_193646

Swedish Research Council for Environment Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Award: 2017-00423

National Science Foundation, Award: DEB-2045309

National Science Foundation, Award: DEB-1831944

National Science Foundation, Award: DEB-1753859

National Science Foundation, Award: NSF-DBI-2021898