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Data compilation of soil respiration, moisture, and temperature measurements from global warming experiments from 1994-2014

December 12, 2016

This dataset is the largest global dataset to date of soil respiration, moisture, and temperature measurements, totaling >3800 observations representing 27 temperature manipulation studies, spanning nine biomes and nearly two decades of warming experiments. Data for this study were obtained from a combination of unpublished data and published literature values. We find that although warming increases soil respiration rates, there is limited evidence for a shifting respiration response with experimental warming. We also note a universal decline in the temperature sensitivity of respiration at soil temperatures >25C. This dataset includes 3817 observations, from control (n=1812), first (i.e., lowest or sole) level warming (n=1812), second (higher) level warming (n=179, four studies), and third-level warming (n=14, one study). Experiment locations ranged from 33.5 to 68.4 degrees N latitude and the duration of warming at experiments ranged from <1 to 22 years (average 5.1 years). Depths of soil temperature (1-10 cm) and moisture measurements (5-30) ranged across studies, but were always consistent between warmed and control plots within a particular study. Each site was classified into a particular biome (grassland, northern shrubland (i.e., peatlands and heathlands), southern shrubland (i.e., Mediterranean or sub-tropical shrublands)), tundra, desert, meadow, temperate agriculture, temperate forest and boreal forest) by the associated principal investigator (PI).

Publication Year 2016
Title Data compilation of soil respiration, moisture, and temperature measurements from global warming experiments from 1994-2014
DOI 10.5066/F7MK6B1X
Authors Pamela H. Templer, Jianwu Tang, Kevin D Kroeger, Chrisopher Bamminger, Scott D. Bridgham, Gaius R. Shaver, Bridget Emmett, Joanna C. Carey, Mary Heskel, Edward B. Rastetter, Anne Marie Panetta, Lorien L. Reynolds, John Harte, William C. Eddy, Klaus S. Larsen, Yiqi Luo, Xin Wang, Brian J. Enquist, Scott L. Collins, Christian Poll, Serita Frey, Amanda Henderson, Vidya Suseela, Laurel Pfeifer-Meister, Josep Peñuelas, Aaron L. Strong, Megan Machmuller, Steven D. Allison, Jeffrey S. Dukes, Sabine Reinsch, Thomas W. Crowther, Andy Reinmann, Marc Estiarte, Bart R. Johnson, Albert Tietema, Jacqueline E. Mohan, Peter B. Reich, Lifen Jiang, Jerry Melillo, Sven Marhan, Giovanbattista de Dato, Andrew Burton, Inger K. Schmidt
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center