Soil surface organic layers in Arctic Alaska: Spatial distribution, rates of formation, and microclimatic effects


Baughman, C.A., Mann, D.H., Verbyla, D.L., & Kunz, M.L.

Publication source: 
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
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Chunk of soil
Publication summary: 

Organic layers of living and dead vegetation cover the ground surface in many permafrost landscapes and play important roles in ecosystem processes. These soil surface organic layers (SSOLs) store large amounts of carbon and buffer the underlying permafrost and its contained carbon from changes in aboveground climate. Understanding the dynamics of SSOLs is a prerequisite for predicting how permafrost and carbon stocks will respond to warming climate.

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