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By David Reay, Nick Hewitt, Keith A Smith, John Grace

Bringing jointly best researchers from around the globe this publication experiences how crops and soils act as certainly happening buffers which fritter away the gases accountable for worldwide warming and the greenhouse impact. It presents in-depth details at the significance of those sinks, how they could reply to elevated greenhouse gasoline emissions, how we will safeguard them and the way they could support us mitigate weather swap.

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This fact is clearly evident from the seasonal and annual fluctuations in Ca that are caused by changes in the balance between photosynthesis and respiration on a global scale. That much of the terrestrial biosphere has been sequestering carbon in living biomass during the recent past, thereby mitigating 26 G. Hymus and R. Valentini against the rise in Ca, suggests that terrestrial ecosystems could buffer us from the worst effects of global change. However, as highlighted in this chapter, there remain major uncertainties in our understanding of the factors that have driven historical, are driving current, and will drive future, changes in carbon sequestration by terrestrial vegetation.

9 Pg C throughout the 1980s (Prentice et al. 2). Of these key steps to determining global productivity there are two notable areas of uncertainty. , 2005; Randerson, 2005). The second is the need for improved estimates of landuse change and the type of land-use change. , 2001) depending on land use figures used for the calculation. 2. The global carbon budget (Pg C / year). 7 − − All values are taken from Prentice et al. (2001), except those for carbon uptake and carbon loss from the land, which are from Sabine et al.

M. (2002) Soil carbon stocks and land use change: a meta analysis. Global Change Biology 8, 345–360. , Takahashi, T. -W. (2002) Towards robust regional estimates of CO2 sources and sinks using atmospheric transport models. Nature 415, 626–630. A. (1995) Land-use change and the carbon cycle. Global Change Biology 1, 275–287. A. (1999) The annual net flux of carbon to the atmosphere from changes in land use 1850–1990. Tellus 51B, 298–313. A. (2003) Why are estimates of the terrestrial carbon balance so different?

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