Articles | Volume 20, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-1063-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-20-1063-2023
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17 Mar 2023
Research article |  | 17 Mar 2023

Deforestation for agriculture leads to soil warming and enhanced litter decomposition in subarctic soils

Tino Peplau, Christopher Poeplau, Edward Gregorich, and Julia Schroeder

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We buried tea bags and temperature loggers in a paired-plot design in soils under forest and agricultural land and retrieved them after 2 years to quantify the effect of land-use change on soil temperature and litter decomposition in subarctic agricultural systems. We could show that agricultural soils were on average 2 °C warmer than forests and that litter decomposition was enhanced. The results imply that deforestation amplifies effects of climate change on soil organic matter dynamics.
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