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Holocene carbon stocks and carbon accumulation rates altered in soils undergoing permafrost thawAuthor(s): Caitlin E. Hicks Pries; Edward A.G. Schuur; K. Grace Crummer
Source: Ecosystems. 15(1): 162-173
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionPermafrost soils are a significant global store of carbon (C) with the potential to become a large C source to the atmosphere. Climate change is causing permafrost to thaw, which can affect primary production and decomposition, therefore affecting ecosystem C balance. We modeled decadal and millennial soil C inputs, decomposition constants, and C accumulation rates by plotting cumulative C inventories against C ages based on radiocarbon dating of surface and deep soils, respectively, in subarctic tundra soils undergoing minimal, moderate, and extensive permafrost thaw near Eight Mile Lake in Healy, Alaska.
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CitationHicks Pries, Caitlin E.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Crummer, K. Grace. 2012. Holocene carbon stocks and carbon accumulation rates altered in soils undergoing permafrost thaw. Ecosystems. 15(1): 162-173.
Keywordspermafrost thaw, carbon accumulation, net ecosystem production, radiocarbon, soil carbon inventory, carbon pools, tundra
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