Legacy Effects from Historical Environmental Changes Dominate Future Terrestrial Carbon Uptake

Abstract Ecosystems continuously adapt to interacting environmental drivers that change over time. Consequently, the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystem may presently still be affected by past anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., deforestation) and other environmental changes (e.g., climate change). However, even though such so‐called “legacy effects” are implicitly included in many carbon cycle modeling studies, they are […]

Legacy effects from historical environmental changes dominate future terrestrial carbon uptake

Abstract Ecosystems continuously adapt to interacting environmental drivers that change over time. Consequently, the carbon balance of terrestrial ecosystem may presently still be affected by past anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. deforestation) and other environmental changes (e.g. climate change). However, even though such so‐called “legacy effects” are implicitly included in many carbon cycle modelling studies, they are […]