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On the direct effect of clouds and atmospheric particles on the productivity and structure of vegetation

Roderick, Michael; Berry, Sandra Lee; Noble, I R; Farquhar, Graham


The volume of shade within vegetation canopies is reduced by more than an order of magnitude on cloudy and/or very hazy days compared to clear sunny days because of an increase in the diffuse fraction of the solar radiance. Here we show that vegetation is directly sensitive to changes in the diffuse fraction and we conclude that the productivity and structure of vegetation is strongly influenced by clouds and other atmospheric particles. We also propose that the unexpected decline in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Oecologia
DOI: 10.1007/s004420100760


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