Articles | Volume 11, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 11, 6417–6425, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6417-2014
Biogeosciences, 11, 6417–6425, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6417-2014

Technical note 26 Nov 2014

Technical note | 26 Nov 2014

Technical Note: Linking climate change and downed woody debris decomposition across forests of the eastern United States

M. B. Russell et al.

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There is great concern about the role that forest ecosystems play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions under future global-change scenarios. It is assumed that projected climate change will increase the decomposition rate of woody debris, but the magnitude of this increase is unknown. Across eastern US forests, we show that the residence time of downed woody debris may decrease by as much as 13% over the next 200 years, depending on various future climate-change scenarios and forest types.
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