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New publication"Equilibration of the terrestrial water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles: Advocating a health threshold for carbon storage"
Update time: 2013-06-09
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Gao Y, Yu GR, He NP. Equilibration of the terrestrial water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles: Advocating a health threshold for carbon storage. Ecological Engineering, 2013, 366-374
The world has long neglected the negative impacts that carbon (C) sequestration has on ecosystem health. Accordingly, the aims of this study were to advocate a conceptual C health threshold model devised for terrestrial ecosystems while proposing a method by which to qualify the C health threshold of ecosystems. Since coupling relationships between C, nitrogen (N), and water can shape the response of ecosystems to conditions of global climate change, this study concentrated on C sequestration, N input, and water erosion impacts on ecosystem health. If C storage exceeds the terrestrial ecosystem C health threshold, ecological degradation will either take place or ecosystems will fall into a sub-health state in accordance with the C health threshold model. Additionally, C sequestration engineering approaches, excess N inputs, and water erosion destroy the balance of C cycling processes and may consequently have an effect on the C health threshold. Therefore, analysis related to the interannual variability of C cycles and their potential future behavior must take into account mechanisms driven through the coupling of water, C, and N cycles. Defining ecosystem health will help familiarize and eventually lead to proficiency in understanding C health threshold awareness. This will aid in determining the appropriate ecological restoration measures to take when dealing with climate change impacts, leading to the preservation of biogeochemical C cycling native to terrestrial ecosystems.
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Key Laboratory of Ecosytem Network Observation and Modeling,Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, People’s Republic of China