“Forest management for climate mitigation: new lessons about heterotrophic respiration” (note time change)
Asko Noormets will hold a seminar with the aforementioned title.
Soil health is essential for ecosystem function, but is often not explicitly considered when choosing management activities. As highlighted by the Global Land Outlook report from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (released September 12th, 2017), soil and forest degradation have reached catastrophic levels globally. A key element, and a good proxy for soil health is its carbon content. Protecting soil carbon would help us toward several of the defined goals in mitigating climate change and its effects. However, the fact that developed countries have more informed policies and regulations that protect from the most outrageous mismanagement may not suffice to protect the soil resources. With warming temperatures, increasing disturbance, and shifting species composition, soil carbon is in decline everywhere. The first step toward effective protection policies is understanding of processes that regulate the gains, losses and stabilization of soil C pool. In this presentation, I will discuss new findings about soil C balance as assessed through a multidisciplinary multi-investigator PINEMAP study (http://pinemap.org).