Uncertainties in the relationship between atmospheric nitrogen deposition and forest carbon sequestration.

M.A. Sutton, D. Simpson, P.E. Levy, R.I. Smith, S. Reis, M. van Oijen, W. de Vries

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Abstract

In a recent study, Magnani et al. report how atmospheric nitrogen deposition drives stand-lifetime net ecosystem productivity (NEPav) for midlatitude forests, with an extremely high C to N response (725 kg C kg(-1) wet-deposited N for their European sites). We present here a re-analysis of these data, which suggests a much smaller C : N response for total N inputs. Accounting for dry, as well as wet N deposition reduces the C : N response to 177 : 1. However, if covariance with intersite climatological differences is accounted for, the actual C : N response in this dataset may be <70 : 1. We then use a model analysis of 22 European forest stands to simulate the findings of Magnani et al. Multisite regression of simulated NEPav vs. total N deposition reproduces a high C : N response (149 : 1). However, once the effects of intersite climatological differences are accounted for, the value is again found to be much smaller, pointing to a real C : N response of about 50-75 : 1.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2057-2063
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Volume14
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • model
  • europe

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