Articles | Volume 12, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 12, 4373–4383, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 4373–4383, 2015

Research article 28 Jul 2015

Research article | 28 Jul 2015

Convergent modelling of past soil organic carbon stocks but divergent projections

Z. Luo et al.


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AR by Zhongkui Luo on behalf of the Authors (13 Jun 2015)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jun 2015) by Akihiko Ito
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (26 Jun 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Jul 2015) by Akihiko Ito
Short summary
Soil carbon models are primary tools for projecting soil carbon balance under changing environment and management. This study shows that the carbon model produces divergent projections but accurate reproduction of measured soil carbon. This projection uncertainty is mainly due to an insufficient understanding of microbial processes and soil carbon composition. Climate conditions and land management in terms of carbon input also have significant effects.
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