Articles | Volume 13, issue 15
Research article
01 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 01 Aug 2016

Decadal and long-term boreal soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration rates across a variety of ecosystems

Kristen L. Manies, Jennifer W. Harden, Christopher C. Fuller, and Merritt R. Turetsky


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Short summary
Boreal soils are important to the global C cycle. We need to understand what controls how C accumulates and is lost from this soil. To help we examined C & N accumulation rates for five boreal ecosystems. Most ecosystems were similar. But the rich fen had higher long-term C & N accumulation rates, likely due to differences in nutrient cycling & because it burns less. Therefore, shifts among ecosystems will not change regional C & N dynamics much, unless there is a shift to or from a rich fen.
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