The Carbon Cycle and the Role of the Ecosystem

Theme 1 in the carbon short course

Disturbance Effects on Forest Carbon Dynamics

fire disturbance in a forest

See how climate change and increased disturbances from fire, insects and other sources will affect the forest carbon cycle. Carbon losses can be fully recovered, if the forest regenerates after the disturbance and if given enough time.

Presenter: 
Mike Ryan
Publication date: 
03/15/2012

Grasslands and Carbon: Processes and Trends

Fall grassland and sky

Grasslands, which make up 30% of the U.S. land surface, store significant amounts of carbon belowground in roots and soils. Learn how disturbances such as drought, grazing, fire and tillage can significantly impact the grassland carbon balance.

Presenter: 
Rebecca McCulley
Publication date: 
03/15/2012

Ecosystem Carbon Fluxes and Storage

forest variables that regulate carbon fluxes and storage

Learn about gross primary production, photosynthesis, respiration and senescence, and the effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 and ozone on forest stand productivity.

Presenter: 
Christian Giardina
Publication date: 
03/15/2012

The Global Carbon Cycle

world soil carbon map

Introduction to how carbon is distributed globally in soils, vegetation, the atmosphere and the ocean, and how carbon moves between these pools.

Presenter: 
Chris Swanston
Publication date: 
03/15/2012
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