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Volume 12, issue 5 | Copyright
Biogeosciences, 12, 1615-1627, 2015
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Research article 12 Mar 2015

Research article | 12 Mar 2015

Continuous and discontinuous variation in ecosystem carbon stocks with elevation across a treeline ecotone

J. D. M. Speed et al.
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Here we investigate how ecosystem carbon stocks vary with elevation shifting from the closed forest to open alpine tundra, in the mountains of southern Norway. Above-ground carbon stocks decreased with elevation, with a clear breakpoint at the forest line, while the organic horizon soil carbon stocks increased linearly with elevation. Overall, ecosystem carbon stocks increased with elevation above the treeline and decreased with elevation below, demonstrating the importance of the treeline.
Here we investigate how ecosystem carbon stocks vary with elevation shifting from the closed...