Leveraging research infrastructure co-location to evaluate constraints on terrestrial carbon cycling in northern European forests

Futter, Martyn N.; Dirnböck, Thomas; Forsius, Martin; Bäck, Jaana K.; Cools, Nathalie; Diaz-Pines, Eugenio; Dick, Jan; Gaube, Veronika; Gillespie, Lauren M.; Högbom, Lars; Laudon, Hjalmar; Mirtl, Michael; Nikolaidis, Nikolaos; Poppe Terán, Christian; Skiba, Ute; Vereecken, Harry; Villwock, Holger; Weldon, James; Wohner, Christoph; Alam, Syed Ashraful. 2023 Leveraging research infrastructure co-location to evaluate constraints on terrestrial carbon cycling in northern European forests. Ambio, 52 (11). 1819-1831.

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Integrated long-term, in-situ observations are needed to document ongoing environmental change, to “ground-truth” remote sensing and model outputs and to predict future Earth system behaviour. The scientific and societal value of in-situ observations increases with site representativeness, temporal duration, number of parameters measured and comparability within and across sites. Research Infrastructures (RIs) can support harmonised, cross-site data collection, curation and publication. Integrating RI networks through site co-location and standardised observation methods can help answers three questions about the terrestrial carbon sink: (i) What are present and future carbon sequestration rates in northern European forests? (ii) How are these rates controlled? (iii) Why do the observed patterns exist? Here, we present a conceptual model for RI co-location and highlight potential insights into the terrestrial carbon sink achievable when long-term in-situ Earth observation sites participate in multiple RI networks (e.g., ICOS and eLTER). Finally, we offer recommendations to promote RI co-location.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0044-7447
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link. The original online version of this article was revised. The co-author name Holger Villwock is corrected: see Publisher link in Related URLs.
Additional Keywords: carbon: co-location, eLTER, forest, research infrastructure
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
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Date made live: 09 Nov 2023 14:25 +0 (UTC)

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