Articles | Volume 18, issue 6
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22 Mar 2021
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 22 Mar 2021

Similar importance of edaphic and climatic factors for controlling soil organic carbon stocks of the world

Zhongkui Luo, Raphael A. Viscarra-Rossel, and Tian Qian


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 Nov 2020) by Michael Bahn
AR by Zhongkui Luo on behalf of the Authors (26 Nov 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Nov 2020) by Michael Bahn
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (19 Jan 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Jan 2021) by Michael Bahn
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (03 Feb 2021)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Feb 2021) by Michael Bahn
Short summary
Using the data from 141 584 whole-soil profiles across the globe, we disentangled the relative importance of biotic, climatic and edaphic variables in controlling global SOC stocks. The results suggested that soil properties and climate contributed similarly to the explained global variance of SOC in four sequential soil layers down to 2 m. However, the most important individual controls are consistently soil-related, challenging current climate-driven framework of SOC dynamics.
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