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Volume 11, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 11, 6471–6481, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6471-2014
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Biogeosciences, 11, 6471–6481, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-11-6471-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 27 Nov 2014

Research article | 27 Nov 2014

Impacts of freezing and thawing dynamics on foliar litter carbon release in alpine/subalpine forests along an altitudinal gradient in the eastern Tibetan Plateau

W. Fuzhong et al.
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A 2-year field litter decomposition experiment was conducted along an altitudinal gradient in the eastern Tibetan Plateau. More rapid 2-year C is released from fresh foliar litter at upper elevations compared to lower elevations. However, high C release was observed at low altitudes during winter, but high altitudes exhibited high C release during growing season. The results suggested that the onset of C release in fresh litter could delay in this cold region in the scenario of climate warming.
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