Net primary productivity of Leymus chinensis steppe in Xilin River basin of Inner Mongolia and its responses to global climate change

Fei Yuan, Xing Guo Han, Jian Ping Ge, Jianguo Wu

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Abstract

CENTURY model was utilized to simulate the annual aboveground net primary production (ANPP) of Leymus chinensis steppe, a dominant community type in Xilin River basin of Inner Mongolia steppe region. The results showed that the model performed reasonably well in predicting the dynamics of the ANPP. The scenario-based simulations indicated that though the variations of air temperature and precipitation due to global climate change as well as the elevated CO2 would significantly affect the dynamics of the ANPP, precipitation was the key affecting factor. Several GCM models had predicted that the precipitation in this region would decrease in the future, and consequently, it was likely that the ANPP would also decrease. Nevertheless, the simulation results showed that while the ANPP decreased in most climate change scenarios, it might also increase in the following climate change scenarios: 1) if the atmospheric CO2 concentration was doubled, air temperature was increased by 2 °C, and precipitation was kept unchanged or increased by 10%-20%, and 2) if the atmospheric CO2 concentration was kept unchanged, air temperature was increased by 2 °C, and precipitation was increased by 20%. Overall, it was evident that climate change would have significant effects on the steppe in Xilin River basin of Inner Mongolia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2168-2176
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Volume19
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008

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Keywords

  • ANPP
  • CENTURY model
  • Climate change
  • Leymus chinensis steppe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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