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Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics

The dynamics of carbon and other elements are determined by fundamental processes that result from the interaction of many aspects of ecosystems. As such they are ideal parameters to examine ecosystem function and response to environmental change. Work in this component seeks to measure rates of production, decomposition, nutrient cycling, and the formation of soil organic matter and to determine the factors controlling spatial and temporal variation in these processes. In addition, the stores of carbon and nutrients involved in these processes and cycles are being measured. Simulation modeling, coupled with remote sensing, are being used to extrapolate results to the Pacific Northwest region. As part of LTER6 the data related to this component is being used in the synthesis of carbon and water dynamics in Watershed 1. Carbon and nutrient studies, clockwise from top: harvest practices, litter decomposition studies, log decomposition, and log decay class determination

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List of all Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics databases

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