Dagelijks archief: 30 november 2006

Oververzadiging van carbon in oude woudgronden

If old-growth forests really are increasing their soil carbon content as a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, it would be “a surprise”, admits Günter Hoch, who studies soil carbon at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

“This could be just a special case,” he points out. If the soil conditions are unusual when the forest is first established, then it could continue to behave in surprising ways for centuries after, he says. “And young-growth forests will probably grow faster in a high-CO2 world, and reach maturity faster,” he adds.

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