Where does the carbon go? A model-data intercomparison of vegetation carbon allocation and turnover processes at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment sites.
Bottom Line: Observed eCO2 effects on allocation were dynamic.Allocation schemes based on constant fractions or resource limitations performed less well, with some models having unintended outcomes.Our recommendations to reduce uncertainty include: use of allocation schemes constrained by biomass fractions; careful testing of allocation schemes; and synthesis of allocation and turnover data in terms of model parameters.
Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, 2109, Australia.Show MeSH
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Mentions: The data indicate that eCO2 had very different effects on allocation patterns at thetwo sites (Figs3). At Oak Ridge, trees in eCO2increased allocation towards fine-root production at the expense of wood and leaves. As aconsequence, root production roughly doubled at soil depths below 0.3 m (Iversen et al., 2008). By contrast, at Duke, theroot biomass proportion also increased at depth (Pritchardet al., 2008), but the root allocation fraction did not change. There was ashift instead from foliage allocation to wood allocation, with the average wood allocation fractionincreasing by 3%, although this shift was not statistically significant (95%CI = −1.4%, 7.4%) (McCarthy et al., 2010).
Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, 2109, Australia.