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Disturbance Effects on Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Forest Ecosystems

by Yanjiang Cai 1 and Scott X Chang 1,2,*
1
State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Silviculture, Zhejiang A&F University, Hangzhou 311300, China
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Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 442 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3, Canada
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Forests 2020, 11(3), 297; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11030297
Received: 28 February 2020 / Accepted: 5 March 2020 / Published: 7 March 2020
Forests cover around 30% of the global land area and forest ecosystems can store over 70% of total soil organic carbon (SOC) of all terrestrial ecosystems, but SOC stocks and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may be affected by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Even though the changes in forest soil C pool can have a significant effect on climate change, there are some contradictory results regarding the role of forest disturbance on SOC sequestration, GHG emissions, and the mitigation of global changes. Therefore, there is a need to better understand the impact of different disturbance regimes on forest soil C storage and GHG emissions. A Special Issue was therefore organized for discussing the responses of soil C storage and GHG emissions to various types of disturbances in forest ecosystems and a total of 15 studies were accepted for this special issue to assess these responses. This Special Issue includes the effects of storms and beetle outbreaks, Karstification, rock desertification, warming, nitrogen addition, land-use change, field tillage, and biochar application on soil C dynamics and/or GHG emissions. View Full-Text
Keywords: CH4 emissions; CO2 emissions; climate change mitigation; global change; land-use change; N2O emissions; soil carbon sequestration CH4 emissions; CO2 emissions; climate change mitigation; global change; land-use change; N2O emissions; soil carbon sequestration
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Cai, Y.; Chang, S.X. Disturbance Effects on Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Forest Ecosystems. Forests 2020, 11, 297.

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