Importance of reporting ancillary site characteristics, and management and disturbance information at ICOS stations
Matthew Saunders 1,   Sigrid Dengel 2,3,   Pasi Kolari 3,   Christine Moureaux 4,   Leonardo Montagnani 5,6,   Eric Ceschia 7,   Nuria Altimir 8,3,   Ana López-Ballesteros 1,   Sara Marañon-Jimenez 9,10,   Manuel Acosta 11,   Katja Klumpp 12,   Bert Gielen 13,   Maarten Op de Beeck 13,   Lukas Hörtnagl 14,   Lutz Merbold 14,15,   Bruce Osborne 16,   Thomas Grünwald 17,   Dominique Arrouays 18,   Hakima Boukir 18,   Nicolas Saby 18,   Giacomo Nicolini 19,20,   Dario Papale 19,20,   Michael Jones 1
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School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, D2, Dublin, Ireland
Climate Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 1 Cyclotron Rd, Berkeley, 94720, USA
Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 68, 00014, Helsinki, Finland
University of Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, TERRA, Ecosystems – Atmosphere Exchanges, Passage des Déportés 2, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Piazza Universita’ 1, 39100, Bolzano, Italy
Forest Services, Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Via Brennero 6, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Centre for the Study of the Biosphere from Space (CESBIO), University of Toulouse, 18 avenue Edouard Belin bpi 2801, 31401, Toulouse 9, France
Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Carretera de St. Llorenç de Morunys km 2, 25280, Solsona, Spain
Departamento of Applied Physics, University of Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain
Ecological and Forestry Applications Centre CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallès, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Matters and Energy Fluxes, Global Change Research Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Bělidla 986/4a, 603 00, Brno, Czech Republic
UR 874, UREP, Grassland Ecosystem Research Team, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), 63100, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610, Wilrijk, Belgium
Department of Environmental System Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich, Universitaetsstrasse 2, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Mazingira Centre, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), P.O. Box 30709, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science and UCD Earth Institute, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology, TU Dresden, Pienner Straße 23, 01737 Tharandt, Germany
INRA, US 1106 InfoSol, 45075, Orléans, France
Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), IAFES Division, Viale Trieste 127 01100, Viterbo, Italy
Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest Systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia, Largo dell’Università - Blocco D, 01100, Viterbo, Italy
Publication date: 2018-11-16
Int. Agrophys. 2018, 32(4): 457–469
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.