The vegetation of Asia experiences a strong monsoonal climate. Leaves have to be adapted not only to several months when and where wet air masses dominate and precipitation is high, but also an extended dry season that coincides with the coolest part of the year. It is no surprise then, that the physiognomy of Asian leaves tends to be different from leaves growing in other climates.
Two PhysgAsia calibration data sets have been published. The first was published by Jacques et al. (2011) and was called PhysgAsia1. This added 45 sites from China to the Physg3brcAZ calibration. To see more details about this data set and download it click here.
The second PhysgAsia calibration data set was published by Khan et al. (2014) and this added sites from both India and Thailand. The inclusion of sites from tropical Asia improves the regression for warm climates.To access this PhysgAsia2 data set click here.
|The vegetation of China is often taxonomically highly diverse and leaf form is adapted to marked seasonality in both temperature and precipitation associated with the East Asia monsoon.|