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Challenges 2015, 6(1), 88-97; doi:10.3390/challe6010088

A New Compendium of Soil Respiration Data for Africa

Département de Géographie, Université de Montreal, Pavillon 520, ch. de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine, Local 332-3 C.P 6128, succursale Centre-Ville, Montreal, QC H3C 3J7, Canada
Academic Editor: Andreas Manz
Received: 12 January 2015 / Revised: 20 April 2015 / Accepted: 22 April 2015 / Published: 27 April 2015
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The objective of this paper is to present to the scientific community a new dataset derived from existing literature on soil respiration in Africa. The data has thus been obtained by searching for records in peer review papers and grey literature. The main search engines used are: Scientific Citation Index (SCI) database, ISI Science web and Google scholar. This data description paper has greatly advanced the number of data points on soil respiration in Africa from 4 in 2010 to 62 in 2014. The new data points are culled from 47 peer review publications and grey literature reports. The data lends its self to a lot of possible analytical methods such as correlation analysis, multiple linear regressions, artificial neural network analysis and process base modeling. The overall conclusion that can be drawn here is that this paper has greatly advanced the availability of soil respiration data in Africa by presenting all the available records that before now were only reported in different studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil respiration; database; Africa soil respiration; database; Africa
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Epule, T.E. A New Compendium of Soil Respiration Data for Africa. Challenges 2015, 6, 88-97.

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