Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
14 Feb 2020
Research article |  | 14 Feb 2020

Localized basal area affects soil respiration temperature sensitivity in a coastal deciduous forest

Stephanie C. Pennington, Nate G. McDowell, J. Patrick Megonigal, James C. Stegen, and Ben Bond-Lamberty


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Sep 2019) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Stephanie Pennington on behalf of the Authors (30 Oct 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Nov 2019) by Michael Weintraub
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (22 Nov 2019)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (02 Dec 2019)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (18 Dec 2019) by Michael Weintraub
AR by Stephanie Pennington on behalf of the Authors (31 Dec 2019)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (10 Jan 2020) by Michael Weintraub
Short summary
Soil respiration (Rs) is the flow of CO2 from the soil surface to the atmosphere and is one of the largest carbon fluxes on land. This study examined the effect of local basal area (tree area) on Rs in a coastal forest in eastern Maryland, USA. Rs measurements were taken as well as distance from soil collar, diameter, and species of each tree within a 15 m radius. We found that trees within 5 m of our sampling points had a positive effect on how sensitive soil respiration was to temperature.
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