Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Research article
24 Feb 2015
Research article |  | 24 Feb 2015

The influence of soils on heterotrophic respiration exerts a strong control on net ecosystem productivity in seasonally dry Amazonian forests

J. R. Melton, R. K. Shrestha, and V. K. Arora


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AR by Joe Melton on behalf of the Authors (28 Nov 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (15 Dec 2014) by Mathew Williams
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (06 Jan 2015)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (21 Jan 2015) by Mathew Williams
Short summary
Net ecosystem productivity (NEP) in seasonally dry Amazon forests varies greatly between sites with similar precipitation patterns. We ran CLASS-CTEM at two LBA Amazon sites (Tapajós 83km & Jarú Reserve) that exhibit opposite seasonal NEP cycles despite reasonably similar meteorological conditions. We find the influence of soil texture and depth, through soil moisture, on seasonal patterns of GPP and, especially, heterotrophic respiration is important for correctly simulating NEP seasonality.
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