Articles | Volume 20, issue 12
Research article
22 Jun 2023
Research article |  | 22 Jun 2023

Dynamics of short-term ecosystem carbon fluxes induced by precipitation events in a semiarid grassland

Josué Delgado-Balbuena, Henry W. Loescher, Carlos A. Aguirre-Gutiérrez, Teresa Alfaro-Reyna, Luis F. Pineda-Martínez, Rodrigo Vargas, and Tulio Arredondo


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-231', Anonymous Referee #1, 08 Feb 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Josué Delgado-Balbuena, 18 Apr 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2022-231', Anonymous Referee #2, 28 Mar 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Josué Delgado-Balbuena, 18 Apr 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (20 Apr 2023) by Paul Stoy
AR by Josué Delgado-Balbuena on behalf of the Authors (04 May 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (07 May 2023) by Paul Stoy
AR by Josué Delgado-Balbuena on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2023)
Short summary
In the semiarid grassland, an increase in soil moisture at shallow depths instantly enhances carbon release through respiration. In contrast, deeper soil water controls plant carbon uptake but with a delay of several days. Previous soil conditions, biological activity, and the size and timing of precipitation are factors that determine the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere. Thus, future changes in precipitation patterns could convert ecosystems from carbon sinks to carbon sources.
Final-revised paper