Articles | Volume 15, issue 14
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4459-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4459-2018
Research article
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20 Jul 2018
Research article |  | 20 Jul 2018

Global soil organic carbon removal by water erosion under climate change and land use change during AD 1850–2005

Victoria Naipal, Philippe Ciais, Yilong Wang, Ronny Lauerwald, Bertrand Guenet, and Kristof Van Oost

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We seek to better understand the links between soil erosion by rainfall and the global carbon (C) cycle by coupling a soil erosion model to the C cycle of a land surface model. With this modeling approach we evaluate the effects of soil removal on soil C stocks in the presence of climate change and land use change. We find that accelerated soil erosion leads to a potential SOC removal flux of 74 ±18 Pg of C globally over the period AD 1850–2005, with significant impacts on the land C balance.
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