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Carbon and Nitrogen Accumulation in a Savanna Landscape: Field and Modeling Perspectives
 

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Carbon and Nitrogen Accumulation in a Savanna Landscape:
Field and Modeling Perspectives
Steve ARCHER1
, Thomas W. BOUTTON2
and Chad R. MCMURTRY1
1
School of Renewable Natural Resources, The University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ 85721-0043, U.S.A.
2
Department of Rangeland Ecology & Mangement, Texas A & M University,
College Station, TX 77843-2126, U.S.A.
Abstract. Indirect assessments suggest that increases in woody plants in the
world's drylands during the past 100 y may have had a significant impact on
carbon sequestration. However, these assessments are characterized by a high
degree of uncertainty. A linked succession-biogeochemistry model has recently
been used to estimate changes in ecosystem carbon and nitrogen pools
accompanying the proliferation of woody plants over the past 150 y at a
southern Great Plains site in North America. Here, we evaluate the validity of
that modeling approach using historical aerial photos (1950, 1976, and 1990)

  

Source: Archer, Steven R. - Savanna/Woodland Ecology Lab., School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology