Microbial dormancy and its impacts on northern temperate and boreal terrestrial ecosystem carbon budget

Zha, Junrong; Zhuang, Qianla

A large amount of soil carbon in northern temperate and boreal regions could be emitted as greenhouse gases in a warming future. However, lacking detailed microbial processes such as microbial dormancy in current biogeochemistry models might have biased the quantification of the regional carbon dynamics. Here the effect of microbial dormancy was incorporated into a biogeochemistry model to improve the quantification for the last century and this century. Compared with the previous model without considering the microbial dormancy, the new model estimated the regional soils stored 75.9 Pg more C in the terrestrial ecosystems during the last century and will store 50.4 and 125.2 Pg more C under the RCP8.5 and RCP2.6 scenarios, respectively, in this century. This study highlights the importance of the representation of microbial dormancy in earth system models to adequately quantify the carbon dynamics in the northern temperate and boreal natural terrestrial ecosystems.

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Zha, Junrong / Zhuang, Qianla: Microbial dormancy and its impacts on northern temperate and boreal terrestrial ecosystem carbon budget. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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