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Importance of reporting ancillary site characteristics, and management and disturbance information at ICOS stations

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Saunders Matthew, Dengel Sigrid, Kolari Pasi, Moureaux Christine, Montagnani Leonardo, Ceschia Eric, Altimir Nuria, López-Ballesteros Ana, Marańon-Jimenez Sara, Acosta Manuel, Klumpp Katja, Gielen Bert, de Beeck Maarten Op, Hörtnagl Lukas, Merbold Lutz, Osborne Bruce, Grünwald Thomas, Arrouays Dominique, Boukir Hakima, Saby Nicolas, Nicolini Giacomo, Papale Dario, Jones Michael,
Project ICOS-CH Phase 2
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal International Agrophysics
Volume (Issue) 32(4)
Page(s) 457 - 469
Title of proceedings International Agrophysics
DOI 10.1515/intag-2017-0040

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


AbstractThere are many factors that influence ecosystem scale carbon, nitrogen and greenhouse gas dynamics, including the inherent heterogeneity of soils and vegetation, anthropogenic management interventions, and biotic and abiotic disturbance events. It is important therefore, to document the characteristics of the soils and vegetation and to accurately report all management activities, and disturbance events to aid the interpretation of collected data, and to determine whether the ecosystem either amplifies or mitigates climate change. This paper outlines the importance of assessing both the spatial and temporal variability of soils and vegetation and to report all management events, the import or export of C or N from the ecosystem, and the occurrence of biotic/abiotic disturbances at ecosystem stations of the Integrated Carbon Observation System, a pan-European research infrastructure.