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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-771-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-771-2020
Research article
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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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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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