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Global Carbon Cycling on a Heterogeneous Seafloor
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2018 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 96-105Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Diverse biological communities mediate the transformation, transport, and storage of elements fundamental to life on Earth, including carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. However, global biogeochemical model outcomes can vary by orders of magnitude, compromising capacity to project realistic ecosystem responses to planetary changes, including ocean productivity and climate. Here, we compare global carbon turnover rates estimated using models grounded in biological versus geochemical theory and argue that the turnover estimates based on each perspective yield divergent outcomes. Importantly, empirical studies that include sedimentary biological activity vary less than those that ignore it. Improving the relevance of model projections and reducing uncertainty associated with the anticipated consequences of global change requires reconciliation of these perspectives, enabling better societal decisions on mitigation and adaptation.

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2018. Vol. 33, no 2, p. 96-105
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152700DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.11.004ISI: 000422681000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152700DiVA, id: diva2:1186706
Available from: 2018-03-01 Created: 2018-03-01 Last updated: 2018-03-01Bibliographically approved

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