Leveraging Environmental Research and Observation Networks to Advance Soil Carbon Science

Publication Type: Journal Article

Authors: Samantha Weintraub, Alejandro Flores, William Wieder, Debjani Sihi, Claudia Cagnarini, Daniel çalves, Michael Young, Li Li, Yan Olshansky iv, Roland Baatz, Pamela Sullivan, Peter Groffman

Source: Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, (2019)



<p>Soil organic matter (SOM) is a critical ecosystem variable regulated by interacting physical, chemical and biological processes. Collaborative efforts to integrate perspectives, data, and models from interdisciplinary research and observation networks can significantly advance predictive understanding of SOM. We outline how integrating three networks – the Long‐Term Ecological Research, with a focus on ecological dynamics, the Critical Zone Observatories with strengths in landscape/geologic context, and the National Ecological Observatory Network with standardized multi‐scale measurements—can advance SOM knowledge. This integration requires improved data dissemination and sharing, coordinated data collection activities, and enhanced collaboration between empiricists and modelers within and across networks.</p>

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