Importance of reporting ancillary site characteristics, and management and disturbance information at ICOS stations
 
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School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, D2, Dublin, Ireland
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Climate Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, 94720, USA
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Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 68, 00014, Helsinki, Finland
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University of Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, TERRA, Ecosystems – Atmosphere Exchanges, Passage des Déportés 2, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Piazza Universita’ 1, 39100, Bolzano, Italy
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Forest Services, Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Via Brennero 6, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Centre for the Study of the Biosphere from Space (CESBIO), University of Toulouse, 18 avenue Edouard Belin bpi 2801, 31401, Toulouse 9, France
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Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Carretera de St. Llorenç de Morunys km 2, 25280, Solsona, Spain
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Departamento of Applied Physics, University of Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain
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Ecological and Forestry Applications Centre CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallès, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Matters and Energy Fluxes, Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Bělidla 986/4a, 603 00, Brno, Czech Republic
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UR 874, UREP, Grassland Ecosystem Research Team, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), 63100, Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610, Wilrijk, Belgium
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Department of Environmental System Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Universitaetsstrasse 2, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
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Mazingira Centre, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), P.O. Box 30709, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
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UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
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Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, TU Dresden, Pienner Straße 23, 01737 Tharandt, Germany
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INRA, US 1106 InfoSol, 45075, Orléans, France
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Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), IAFES Division, Viale Trieste 127 01100, Viterbo, Italy
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Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest Systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia, Largo dell’Università - Blocco D, 01100, Viterbo, Italy
Publish date: 2018-11-16
 
Int. Agrophys. 2018, 32(4): 457–469
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There are many factors that influence ecosystem scale carbon, nitrogen and greenhouse gas dynamics, including the inherent heterogeneity of soils and vegetation, anthropogenic management interventions, and biotic and abiotic disturbance events. It is important therefore, to document the characteristics of the soils and vegetation and to accurately report all management activities, and disturbance events to aid the interpretation of collected data, and to determine whether the ecosystem either amplifies or mitigates climate change. This paper outlines the importance of assessing both the spatial and temporal variability of soils and vegetation and to report all management events, the import or export of C or N from the ecosystem, and the occurrence of biotic/abiotic disturbances at ecosystem stations of the Integrated Carbon Observation System, a pan-European research infrastructure.
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