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Title: Holocene carbon stocks and carbon accumulation rates altered in soils undergoing permafrost thaw

Author: Hicks Pries, Caitlin E.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Crummer, K. Grace

Date: 2012

Source: Ecosystems. 15(1): 162-173

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Permafrost soils are a significant global store of carbon (C) with the potential to become a large C source to the atmosphere. Climate change is causing permafrost to thaw, which can affect primary production and decomposition, therefore affecting ecosystem C balance. We modeled decadal and millennial soil C inputs, decomposition constants, and C accumulation rates by plotting cumulative C inventories against C ages based on radiocarbon dating of surface and deep soils, respectively, in subarctic tundra soils undergoing minimal, moderate, and extensive permafrost thaw near Eight Mile Lake in Healy, Alaska.

Keywords: permafrost thaw, carbon accumulation, net ecosystem production, radiocarbon, soil carbon inventory, carbon pools, tundra

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Hicks Pries, Caitlin E.; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Crummer, K. Grace. 2012. Holocene carbon stocks and carbon accumulation rates altered in soils undergoing permafrost thaw. Ecosystems. 15(1): 162-173.

 


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