Climate and Ecosystem Biogeochemistry

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This research theme advance fundamental understanding of climate-biogeochemistry interactions, with wide applicability to virtually all terrestrial ecosystems.

Precipitation and nitrogen are key drivers of carbon sequestration in temperate forests. Interactions between these factors can however lead to complex feedbacks between plants and soils that result in unanticipated shifts in carbon dynamics and greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon stores of forests in the Pacific Northwest exceed those of any other biome, anywhere on Earth, and are highly sensitive to current and future anticipated changes in precipitation. 

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