Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Research article
27 Feb 2023
Research article |  | 27 Feb 2023

The response of the regional longwave radiation balance and climate system in Europe to an idealized afforestation experiment

Marcus Breil, Felix Krawczyk, and Joaquim G. Pinto


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2022-51', Anonymous Referee #1, 10 Jan 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Marcus Breil, 31 Jan 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2022-51', Anonymous Referee #2, 10 Jan 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Marcus Breil, 31 Jan 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (31 Jan 2023) by Ben Kravitz
AR by Marcus Breil on behalf of the Authors (01 Feb 2023)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Feb 2023) by Ben Kravitz
Short summary
We provide evidence that biogeophysical effects of afforestation can counteract the favorable biogeochemical climate effect of reduced CO2 concentrations. By changing the land surface characteristics, afforestation reduces vegetation surface temperatures, resulting in a reduced outgoing longwave radiation in summer, although CO2 concentrations are reduced. Since forests additionally absorb a lot of solar radiation due to their dark surfaces, afforestation has a total warming effect.
Final-revised paper