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Ecosystem impacts of climate extremes crucially depend on the timing (commentary)

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Sippel,  Sebastian
Empirical Inference of the Earth System, Dr. Miguel D. Mahecha, Department Biogeochemical Integration, Dr. M. Reichstein, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;
IMPRS International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry , Max Planck Society;

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Zscheischler,  Jakob
Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Reichstein,  Markus
Department Biogeochemical Integration, Dr. M. Reichstein, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., & Reichstein, M. (2016). Ecosystem impacts of climate extremes crucially depend on the timing (commentary). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(21), 5768-5770. doi:10.1073/pnas.1605667113.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002A-603E-B
Abstract
The year 1540 was unprecedented in centuries. It was dreadful, bright, and hot. Bright weather and heat... lasted for 29 weeks, in which rain fell on notmore than 6 days. ... Meadows and forests were yellow from the heat, and the earth opened large cracks; at several locations, grapes and vine withered, many forests burned, fountains and springs dried out completely... (but) there was an abundance of corn and a lot of delicious wine. Translated from German, a contemporary witness describing the contrasting impacts of a megaheat and drought event of 1540 in Europe (1).