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Global patterns and controls of soil organic carbon dynamics as simulated by multiple terrestrial biosphere models: Current status and future directions.

Hanqin Tian, Chaoqun Lu, Jia Yang, Kamaljit Banger, Deborah N Huntzinger, Christopher R Schwalm, Anna M Michalak, Robert Cook, Philippe Ciais, Daniel Hayes, Maoyi Huang, Akihiko Ito, Atul K Jain, Huimin Lei, Jiafu Mao, Shufen Pan, Wilfred M Post, Shushi Peng, Benjamin Poulter, Wei Ren Show all

Global Biogeochemical Cycles | Published : 2015


Soil is the largest organic carbon (C) pool of terrestrial ecosystems, and C loss from soil accounts for a large proportion of land-atmosphere C exchange. Therefore, a small change in soil organic C (SOC) can affect atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration and climate change. In the past decades, a wide variety of studies have been conducted to quantify global SOC stocks and soil C exchange with the atmosphere through site measurements, inventories, and empirical/process-based modeling. However, these estimates are highly uncertain, and identifying major driving forces controlling soil C dynamics remains a key research challenge. This study has compiled century-long (1901-2010) estimat..

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