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Improved landscape partitioning and estimates of deep storage of soil organic carbon in the Zackenberg area (NE Greenland) using geomorphological landforms
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
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This study aims to improve the previous soil organic carbon (SOC) storage estimates for the Zackenberg area (NE Greenland) that were based on a land cover classification (LCC) approach, by using geomorphological upscaling. In addition, novel SOC estimates for deeper deposits (to 300 cm depth) are presented. We hypothesize that landforms will better represent the long-term slope and depositional processes that result in deep SOC burial in this type of mountain permafrost environments. The updated mean SOC storage for the 0–100 cm soil depth is 4.8 kg C m−2, which is 42% lower than the previous estimate of 8.3 kg C m−2 based on land cover upscaling. We ascribe the difference to a previous areal overestimate of SOC-rich vegetated land cover classes. The landform-based approach more correctly constrains the depositional areas in alluvial fans and deltas with high SOC storage. These are also areas of deep carbon storage with an additional 2.4 kg C m−2 in the 100–300 cm depth interval. This research emphasizes the need to consider geomorphology when assessing SOC pools in mountain permafrost landscapes.

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Climate Research
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Physical Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137312OAI: diva2:1061762
Available from: 2017-01-03 Created: 2017-01-03 Last updated: 2017-01-09Bibliographically approved
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