Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.
The University of Exeter studied the country in high resolution, using models to examine the local impacts of two climate change scenarios at 1.5×1.5 km scale.
It found that even “smooth” climate change could lead to sudden changes in the amount of vegetation in some places.
Most such changes were increases, caused by factors such as warmer, wetter conditions and more CO2 in the atmosphere fertilising plant growth. MORE