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Large-scale variation in boreal and temperate forest carbon turnover rate is related to climate

Thurner, Martin and Beer, Christian and Carvalhais, Nuno and Forkel, Matthias and Santoro, Maurizio and Tum, Markus and Schmullius, Christiane (2016) Large-scale variation in boreal and temperate forest carbon turnover rate is related to climate. Geophysical Research Letters, GL0687, pp. 4576-4585. Wiley. doi: 10.1002/2016GL068794. ISSN 0094-8276.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016GL068794


Vegetation carbon turnover processes in forest ecosystems and their dominant drivers are far from being understood at a broader scale. Many of these turnover processes act on long time-scales and include a lateral dimension and thus can hardly be investigated by plot-level studies alone. Making use of remote sensing based products of net primary productivity (NPP) and biomass, here we show that spatial gradients of carbon turnover rate (k) in Northern Hemisphere boreal and temperate forests are explained by different climate-related processes depending on the ecosystem. k is related to frost damage effects and the trade-off between growth and frost adaptation in boreal forests, while drought stress and climate effects on insects and pathogens can explain an elevated k in temperate forests. By identifying relevant processes underlying broad-scale patterns in k, we provide the basis for a detailed exploration of these mechanisms in field studies, and ultimately the improvement of their representations in global vegetation models (GVMs).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104291/
Document Type:Article
Title:Large-scale variation in boreal and temperate forest carbon turnover rate is related to climate
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Thurner, MartinDepartment of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Beer, ChristianDepartment of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry (ACES)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Carvalhais, NunoMax Planck Institute for BiogeochemistryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Forkel, MatthiasMax Planck Institute for BiogeochemistryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Santoro, MaurizioGamma Remote SensingUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schmullius, ChristianeUni JenaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Geophysical Research Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 4576-4585
Keywords:forest carbon turnover rate; forest mortality; boreal and temperate forest; frost stress; drought stress; insects
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Tum, Markus
Deposited On:31 May 2016 08:51
Last Modified:04 Jul 2023 14:31

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