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Postfire changes in forest carbon storage over a 300-year chronosequence of Pinus contorta-dominated forestsAuthor(s): Daniel M. Kashian; William H. Romme; Daniel B. Tinker; Monica G. Turner; Michael G. Ryan
Source: Ecological Monographs. 83(1): 49-66.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionA warming climate may increase the frequency and severity of stand-replacing wildfires, reducing carbon (C) storage in forest ecosystems. Understanding the variability of postfire C cycling on heterogeneous landscapes is critical for predicting changes in C storage with more frequent disturbance. We measured C pools and fluxes for 77 lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud var. latifolia Engelm.) stands in and around Yellowstone National Park (YNP) along a 300-year chronosequence to examine how quickly forest C pools recover after a stand-replacing fire, their variability through time across a complex landscape, and the role of stand structure in this variability.
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CitationKashian, Daniel M.; Romme, William H.; Tinker, Daniel B.; Turner, Monica G.; Ryan, Michael G. 2013. Postfire changes in forest carbon storage over a 300-year chronosequence of Pinus contorta-dominated forests. Ecological Monographs. 83(1): 49-66.
Keywordscarbon, chronosequence, lodgepole pine, net ecosystem carbon balance, net ecosystem production, Pinus contorta var. latifolia, postfire succession, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
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