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Publication Title:   Seasonal model of litter decomposition in coniferous forests

Year:  1973     Publication Type:  Report

H. J. Andrews Publication Number:  2021

Citation:  Strand, M. A.; Grier, C. C. 1973. Seasonal model of litter decomposition in coniferous forests. Seattle: University of Washington; Coniferous For. Biome Internal Rep. 137. 16 p.

Online PDF:  http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/pubs/pdf/pub2021.pdf

Abstract:  A litter decomposition model was developed as part of a watershed modelingeffort. This model simulates weekly dry weight changes in woody and non-woody litter (01), incorporated litter layer (02), and soil organic matter.Processes simulated by the model include: litterfall by component, rootturnover, respiration, decomposition, and organic matter transport. Datafrom the A. E. Thompson Experimental Forest in Washington were used to test the model. Results were consistent with observed behavior and publishedvalues for the nonwoody litter and the two soil compartments. Resultsindicate that the woody litter compartment may need to be further dividedaccording to particle size.

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Strand ,  Mary   A.
Grier ,  Charles   C.

Coarse woody debris - terrestrial
Ecosystem modeling
Nutrient cycling
Nutrient leaching
Soil organic matter
Terrestrial decomposition