Articles | Volume 19, issue 17
Research article
06 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 06 Sep 2022

Accounting for non-rainfall moisture and temperature improves litter decay model performance in a fog-dominated dryland system

J. Robert Logan, Kathe E. Todd-Brown, Kathryn M. Jacobson, Peter J. Jacobson, Roland Vogt, and Sarah E. Evans


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-16', Anonymous Referee #1, 24 Mar 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', J. Robert Logan, 23 Apr 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2022-16', Anonymous Referee #2, 31 Mar 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC2', J. Robert Logan, 23 Apr 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 May 2022) by Akihiko Ito
AR by J. Robert Logan on behalf of the Authors (06 Jun 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (09 Jun 2022) by Akihiko Ito
Short summary
Understanding how plants decompose is important for understanding where the atmospheric CO2 they absorb ends up after they die. In forests, decomposition is controlled by rain but not in deserts. We performed a 2.5-year study in one of the driest places on earth (the Namib desert in southern Africa) and found that fog and dew, not rainfall, closely controlled how quickly plants decompose. We also created a model to help predict decomposition in drylands with lots of fog and/or dew.
Final-revised paper