Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Research article
20 Mar 2020
Research article |  | 20 Mar 2020

DRIFTS band areas as measured pool size proxy to reduce parameter uncertainty in soil organic matter models

Moritz Laub, Michael Scott Demyan, Yvonne Funkuin Nkwain, Sergey Blagodatsky, Thomas Kätterer, Hans-Peter Piepho, and Georg Cadisch


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (23 Oct 2019) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (13 Nov 2019)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Nov 2019) by Michael Weintraub
RR by Lauric Cécillon (14 Dec 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #4 (13 Jan 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (13 Jan 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Jan 2020) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Moritz Laub on behalf of the Authors (11 Feb 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (13 Feb 2020) by Michael Weintraub
Short summary
Loss of soil carbon to the atmosphere represents a global challenge. We tested an innovative way to reduce the high uncertainty related to turnover of carbon stored in soils. With the use of infrared spectra of soils from model bare fallow systems, we were able to better assess the current state of soil carbon and predict its behavior in overdecadal time spans. In agreement with recent studies, carbon turnover seems faster than earlier assumed, with potential for high loss under mismanagement.
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