Soil Co2 efflux in central Amazonia: Environmental and methodological effects

F.B. Zanchi, M.J. Waterloo, B. Kruijt, J. Kesselmeier, F.J. Luizao, A.O. Manzi, A.J. Dolman

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Soil respiration plays a significant role in the carbon cycle of Amazonian rainforests. Measurements of soil respiration have only been carried out in few places in the Amazon. This study investigated the effects of the method of ring insertion in the soil as well as of rainfall and spatial distribution on CO2 emission in the central Amazon region. The ring insertion effect increased the soil emission about 13-20% for sandy and loamy soils during the firsts 4-7 hours, respectively. After rainfall events below 2 mm, the soil respiration did not change, but for rainfall greater than 3 mm, after 2 hours there was a decrease in soil temperature and respiration of about 10-34% for the loamy and sand soils, with emissions returning to normal after around 15-18 hours. The size of the measurement areas and the spatial distribution of soil respiration were better estimated using the Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) data. The Campina reserve is a mosaic of bare soil, stunted heath forest-SHF and tall heath forest-THF. The estimated total average CO2 emissions from the area was 3.08±0.8 µmol CO2 m-2 s-1. The Cuieiras reserve is another mosaic of plateau, slope, Campinarana and riparian forests and the total average emission from the area was 3.82±0.76 µmol CO2 m-2 s-1. We also found that the main control factor of the soil respiration was soil temperature, with 90% explained by regression analysis. Automated soil respiration datasets are a good tool to improve the technique and increase the reliability of measurements to allow a better understanding of all possible factors driven by soil respiration processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-184
JournalActa Amazonica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Zanchi, F. B., Waterloo, M. J., Kruijt, B., Kesselmeier, J., Luizao, F. J., Manzi, A. O., & Dolman, A. J. (2012). Soil Co2 efflux in central Amazonia: Environmental and methodological effects. Acta Amazonica, 42(2), 173-184.