Articles | Volume 11, issue 22
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, C. W. Woodall, A. W. D'Amato, S. Fraver, and J. B. Bradford

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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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