Relationship between Soil Organic Carbon Stocks and Clay Content under Different Climatic Conditions in Central China
AbstractUnderstanding the association between soil organic carbon (SOC) and texture under different climatic conditions is important for assessing the effects of future climate changes on SOC stocks. In this study, we conducted a climatic gradient experiment covering three climate types (humid, sub-humid, and semi-arid) with a steep rainfall ranging from 345 to 910 mm, and specifically determined SOC dynamics, clay content, and vegetation and soil characteristics. The results showed that, from semi-arid to humid regions, SOC stocks, SOC, and clay content increased synchronously and were closely related in layers of depths of both 0–10 and 10–20 cm. In contrast, under similar climatic conditions, SOC dynamics were mainly affected by vegetation and soil characteristics, especially total nitrogen and total phosphorus dynamics, but not the soil clay content. Therefore, these results suggest that the relationship between SOC stocks and clay content depended on scale sizes. Specifically, on a larger scale with different climatic gradients, the climate may partly determine the changes in SOC and clay dynamics, whereas, at a smaller scale where climate type does not vary considerably, the changes in SOC stocks and clay content may be related to vegetation diversity and soil nutrient dynamics. These results may contribute to future model development and the projection of changes in soil carbon storage. View Full-Text
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Zhong, Z.; Chen, Z.; Xu, Y.; Ren, C.; Yang, G.; Han, X.; Ren, G.; Feng, Y. Relationship between Soil Organic Carbon Stocks and Clay Content under Different Climatic Conditions in Central China. Forests 2018, 9, 598.
Zhong Z, Chen Z, Xu Y, Ren C, Yang G, Han X, Ren G, Feng Y. Relationship between Soil Organic Carbon Stocks and Clay Content under Different Climatic Conditions in Central China. Forests. 2018; 9(10):598.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhong, Zekun; Chen, Zhengxing; Xu, Yadong; Ren, Chengjie; Yang, Gaihe; Han, Xinhui; Ren, Guangxin; Feng, Yongzhong. 2018. "Relationship between Soil Organic Carbon Stocks and Clay Content under Different Climatic Conditions in Central China." Forests 9, no. 10: 598.
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