Carbon-nitrogen interactions in European forests and semi-natural vegetation - Part 2 : Untangling climatic, edaphic, management and nitrogen deposition effects on carbon sequestration potentials

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Flechard , C R , van Oijen , M , Cameron , D R , de Vries , W , Ibrom , A , Buchmann , N , Dise , N B , Janssens , I A , Neirynck , J , Montagnani , L , Varlagin , A , Loustau , D , Legout , A , Ziemblinska , K , Aubinet , M , Aurela , M , Chojnicki , B H , Drewer , J , Eugster , W , Francez , A-J , Juszczak , R , Kitzler , B , Kutsch , W L , Lohila , A , Longdoz , B , Matteucci , G , Moreaux , V , Nefte , A , Olejnik , J , Sanz , M J , Siemens , J , Vesala , T , Vincke , C , Nemitz , E , Zechmeister-Boltenstern , S , Butterbach-Bahl , K , Skiba , U M & Sutton , M A 2020 , ' Carbon-nitrogen interactions in European forests and semi-natural vegetation - Part 2 : Untangling climatic, edaphic, management and nitrogen deposition effects on carbon sequestration potentials ' , Biogeosciences , vol. 17 , no. 6 , pp. 1621-1654 . https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1621-2020

Title: Carbon-nitrogen interactions in European forests and semi-natural vegetation - Part 2 : Untangling climatic, edaphic, management and nitrogen deposition effects on carbon sequestration potentials
Author: Flechard, Chris R.; van Oijen, Marcel; Cameron, David R.; de Vries, Wim; Ibrom, Andreas; Buchmann, Nina; Dise, Nancy B.; Janssens, Ivan A.; Neirynck, Johan; Montagnani, Leonardo; Varlagin, Andrej; Loustau, Denis; Legout, Arnaud; Ziemblinska, Klaudia; Aubinet, Marc; Aurela, Mika; Chojnicki, Bogdan H.; Drewer, Julia; Eugster, Werner; Francez, Andre-Jean; Juszczak, Radoslaw; Kitzler, Barbara; Kutsch, Werner L.; Lohila, Annalea; Longdoz, Bernard; Matteucci, Giorgio; Moreaux, Virginie; Nefte, Albrecht; Olejnik, Janusz; Sanz, Maria J.; Siemens, Jan; Vesala, Timo; Vincke, Caroline; Nemitz, Eiko; Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Sophie; Butterbach-Bahl, Klaus; Skiba, Ute M.; Sutton, Mark A.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)
University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)
Date: 2020-03-26
Language: eng
Number of pages: 34
Belongs to series: Biogeosciences
ISSN: 1726-4170
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314496
Abstract: The effects of atmospheric nitrogen deposition (N-dep) on carbon (C) sequestration in forests have often been assessed by relating differences in productivity to spatial variations of N-dep across a large geographic domain. These correlations generally suffer from covariation of other confounding variables related to climate and other growth-limiting factors, as well as large uncertainties in total (dry + wet) reactive nitrogen (N-r) deposition. We propose a methodology for untangling the effects of N-dep from those of meteorological variables, soil water retention capacity and stand age, using a mechanistic forest growth model in combination with eddy covariance CO2 exchange fluxes from a Europe-wide network of 22 forest flux towers. Total N-r deposition rates were estimated from local measurements as far as possible. The forest data were compared with data from natural or semi-natural, non-woody vegetation sites. The response of forest net ecosystem productivity to nitrogen deposition (dNEP/dN(dep)) was estimated after accounting for the effects on gross primary productivity (GPP) of the co-correlates by means of a meta-modelling standardization procedure, which resulted in a reduction by a factor of about 2 of the uncorrected, apparent dGPP/dN(dep) value. This model-enhanced analysis of the C and N-dep flux observations at the scale of the European network suggests a mean overall dNEP/dN(dep) response of forest lifetime C sequestration to N-dep of the order of 40-50 g C per g N, which is slightly larger but not significantly different from the range of estimates published in the most recent reviews. Importantly, patterns of gross primary and net ecosystem productivity versus N-dep were non-linear, with no further growth responses at high N-dep levels (N-dep > 2.5-3 gNm(-2) yr(-1)) but accompanied by increasingly large ecosystem N losses by leaching and gaseous emissions. The reduced increase in productivity per unit N deposited at high N-dep levels implies that the forecast increased N-r emissions and increased N-dep levels in large areas of Asia may not positively impact the continent's forest CO2 sink. The large level of unexplained variability in observed carbon sequestration efficiency (CSE) across sites further adds to the uncertainty in the dC/dN response.
Subject: SOIL SOLUTION CHEMISTRY
NET ECOSYSTEM EXCHANGE
REACTIVE NITROGEN
TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS
ATMOSPHERIC DEPOSITION
DRY DEPOSITION
BOREAL FORESTS
RESPIRATION
CYCLE
TEMPERATE
1172 Environmental sciences
4112 Forestry
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