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Register Number: ER65548
Title: Understanding Litter Input Controls on Soil Organic Matter Turnover and Formation are Essential for Improving Carbon-Climate Feedback Predictions for Arctic...
Principal Investigator: Wallenstein, Matthew
Institution Address: Fort Collins, CO 80526
Awarded Amount to Date and B&R Code :
FY 2013$301 kKP170201
DOE Program Manager: James Kuperberg
BER Division: Climate and Environmental Sciences
Research Area: Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
Abstract Submit Date: 01/28/2014
Project Term: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2016
Abstract: The Arctic has experienced substantial regional warming over the past 30 years that could turn the Arctic into a net source of carbon to the atmosphere as soil organic matter (SOM) decomposes. But in addition to temperature-driven acceleration of decomposition, several additional processes could either counteract or augment warming-induced SOM losses. For example, increased plant growth under a warmer climate will increase organic matter inputs to soils, which could fuel further soil decomposition by microbes, but will also increase the production of new SOM. Whether Arctic ecosystems store or release carbon in the future depends in part on the balance between these two counteracting processes, which this project focuses on. By differentiating SOM decomposition and formation and understanding the drivers of these processes, we will better understand how these systems function. We will integrate this new knowledge into a process-based biogeochemical model to improve our ability to forecast global change impacts on Arctic carbon stocks.