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Title: Biotic carbon feedbacks in a materially closed soil-vegetation-atmosphere system
Author(s): Milcu, Alexandru
Lukac, Martin
Subke, Jens-Arne
Manning, Pete
Heinemeyer, Andreas
Wildman, Dennis
Anderson, Robert
Ineson, Phil
Contact Email: jens-arne.subke@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Climate change
Global carbon cycle
CO2
Plant-soil-atmosphere feedback
Anthropogenic CO2 emissions
Stable isotopes
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Milcu A, Lukac M, Subke J, Manning P, Heinemeyer A, Wildman D, Anderson R & Ineson P (2012) Biotic carbon feedbacks in a materially closed soil-vegetation-atmosphere system, Nature Climate Change, 2 (4), pp. 281-284.
Abstract: The magnitude and direction of the coupled feedbacks between the biotic and abiotic components of the terrestrial carbon cycle is a major source of uncertainty in coupled climate-carboncycle models. Materially closed, energetically open biological systems continuously and simultaneously allow the two-way feedback loop between the biotic and abiotic components to take place, but so far have not been used to their full potential in ecological research, owing to the challenge of achieving sustainable model systems. We show that using materially closed soil-vegetation-atmosphere systems with pro rata carbon amounts for the main terrestrial carbon pools enables the establishment of conditions that balance plant carbon assimilation, and autotrophic and heterotrophic respiration fluxes over periods suitable to investigate shortterm biotic carbon feedbacks. Using this approach, we tested an alternative way of assessing the impact of increased CO2 and temperature on biotic carbon feedbacks. The results show that without nutrient and water limitations, the shortterm biotic responses could potentially buffer a temperature increase of 2.3 °C without significant positive feedbacks to atmospheric CO2. We argue that such closed-system research represents an important test-bed platform for model validation and parameterization of plant and soil biotic responses to environmental changes
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/6596
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DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/NCLIMATE1448
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Affiliation: Imperial College London
Imperial College London
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Imperial College London
University of York
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Imperial College London
University of York

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