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Biogeosciences, 18, 2063–2073, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2063-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 2063–2073, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2063-2021

Research article 22 Mar 2021

Research article | 22 Mar 2021

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

Zhongkui Luo et al.

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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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