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Science Advances  14 Aug 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 8, eaax1396
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax1396

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  • Received for publication February 25, 2019
  • Accepted for publication July 10, 2019
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  1. Wenping Yuan1,2,*,
  2. Yi Zheng1,
  3. Shilong Piao3,
  4. Philippe Ciais4,
  5. Danica Lombardozzi5,
  6. Yingping Wang6,7,
  7. Youngryel Ryu8,
  8. Guixing Chen1,2,
  9. Wenjie Dong1,2,
  10. Zhongming Hu9,
  11. Atul K. Jain10,
  12. Chongya Jiang11,
  13. Etsushi Kato12,
  14. Shihua Li1,
  15. Sebastian Lienert13,
  16. Shuguang Liu14,
  17. Julia E.M.S. Nabel15,
  18. Zhangcai Qin1,2,
  19. Timothy Quine16,
  20. Stephen Sitch16,
  21. William K. Smith17,
  22. Fan Wang1,2,
  23. Chaoyang Wu18,
  24. Zhiqiang Xiao19 and
  25. Song Yang1,2
  1. 1School of Atmospheric Sciences, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory for Climate Change and Natural Disaster Studies, Zhuhai Key Laboratory of Dynamics Urban Climate and Ecology, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai, Guangdong 510245, China.
  2. 2Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory, Zhuhai 519082, China.
  3. 3Sino-French Institute for Earth System Science, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.
  4. 4Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement, CEA CNRS UVSQ, Gif-sur-Yvette 91191, France.
  5. 5Terrestrial Sciences Section, Climate and Global Dynamics, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80305, USA.
  6. 6CSIRO, Oceans and Atmosphere, Private Bag 1, Aspendale, Victoria 3195, Australia.
  7. 7South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China.
  8. 8Department of Landscape Architecture and Rural Systems Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  9. 9School of Geography, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China.
  10. 10Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
  11. 11College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
  12. 12Global Environment Program, Research & Development Division, The Institute of Applied Energy (IAE), Shimbashi SY Bldg., 1-14-2 Nishi-Shimbashi Minato, Tokyo 105-0003, Japan.
  13. 13Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
  14. 14National Engineering Laboratory for Applied Technology of Forestry & Ecology in South China and College of Biological Science and Technology, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 410004, China.
  15. 15Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, 20146 Hamburg, Germany.
  16. 16Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, EX4 4RJ Exeter, UK.
  17. 17School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
  18. 18Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.
  19. 19Faculty of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: yuanwp3{at}


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