Climate change cannot be entirely responsible for soil carbon loss observed in England and Wales, 1978–2003

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We present results from modelling studies, which suggest that, at most, only about 10–20% of recently observed soil carbon losses in England and Wales could possibly be attributable to climate warming. Further, we present reasons why the actual losses of SOC from organic soils in England and Wales might be lower than those reported.

Keywords: climate change; decomposition; soil organic carbon; soil organic matter; temperature sensitivity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01458.x

Affiliations: 1: School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St Machar Drive, Aberdeen AB24 3UU, UK, 2: The Macaulay Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK, 3: CEH Lancaster, Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4AP, UK, 4: CEH Edinburgh, Bush Estate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0QB, UK, 5: LSCE CE L'Orme des Merisiers, 91191 Gif sur Yvette, Cedex, France

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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