Comment on “Drought-Induced Reduction in Global Terrestrial Net Primary Production from 2000 Through 2009”

Author: Arindam Samanta, M. H. Costa, E.L. Nunes, S.A. Vieira, L. Xu and R. B. Myneni
Date: 
August 26, 2011
Type: 
Journal Article
Venue: 
Science Magazine
Citation: 

Samanta et al., Comment on “Drought-Induced Reduction in Global Terrestrial Net Primary Production from 2000 Through 2009”, Science, doi: 10.1126/science.1199048. August, 26, 2011.

Zhao and Running (Reports, 20 August 2010, p. 940) reported a reduction in global terrestrial net primary production (NPP) from 2000 through 2009. We argue that the small trends, regional patterns, and interannual variations that they describe are artifacts of their NPP model. Satellite observations of vegetation activity show no statistically significant changes in more than 85% of the vegetated lands south of 70°N during the same 2000 to 2009 period.