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Carbon pools and fluxes along an environmental gradient in northern Arizona

Conant, RT, Klopatek, JM, Malin, RC, & Klopatek, CC (1998) Carbon pools and fluxes along an environmental gradient in northern Arizona. Biogeochemistry, 43(1), pp. 43-61.

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    Abstract

    Carbon pools and fluxes were quantified along an environmental gradient in northern Arizona. Data are presented on vegetation, litter, and soil C pools and soil CO2 fluxes from ecosystems ranging from shrub-steppe through woodlands to coniferous forest and the ecotones in between. Carbon pool sizes and fluxes in these semiarid ecosystems vary with temperature and precipitation and are strongly influenced by canopy cover. Ecosystem respiration is approximately 50 percent greater in the more mesic, forest environment than in the dry shrub-steppe environment. Soil respiration rates within a site vary seasonally with temperature but appear to be constrained by low soil moisture during dry summer months, when approximately 75% of total annual soil respiration occurs. Total annual amount of CO2 respired across all sites is positively correlated with annual precipitation and negatively correlated with temperature. Results suggest that changes in the amount and periodicity of precipitation will have a greater effect on C pools and fluxes than will changes in temperature :in the semiarid Southwestern United States.

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    ID Code: 37790
    Item Type: Journal Article
    ISSN: 1573-515X
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200)
    Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
    Deposited On: 07 Oct 2010 15:40
    Last Modified: 08 Oct 2010 00:52

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