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Why does rainfall affect the trend in soil carbon after converting pastures to forests? A possible explanation based on nitrogen dynamics

Kirschbaum, Miko; Guo, Lan Bin; Gifford, Roger M


When trees are planted onto former pastures, soil carbon stocks typically either remain constant or decrease, with decreases more common in regions with higher rainfall. We conducted a modelling analysis to assess whether those changes in soil carbon, especially the interaction with rainfall, could be understood through consideration of nitrogen balances. The study was based on simulations with the whole-system ecophysiological model CenW which allowed explicit modelling of both carbon and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Forest Ecology and Management
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2008.02.005


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