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Forest Ecosystems Impacted By Climate Change
2012-11-29 12:04:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Off the southern coast of California, the fog rolls in over Santa Cruz Island coating the needles of the Bishop pines with moisture. Water drops form on the needles and roll down to fall to the forest floor, happening over and over on every needle of every tree. The forest ecosystem depends on this fog drip to stay alive. Bishop pines are thought to have proliferated all along the West Coast of the US and Mexico thousands of years...

How Nutrients Affect Plant Productivity Mapped By NASA
2012-11-02 06:46:06

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new analysis led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil. The maps produced from the research will be particularly useful in evaluating how much carbon dioxide Earth's ecosystems may be able to soak up as greenhouse gas levels increase. A research team led by JPL research scientist Josh Fisher used 19 years of data from NASA,...

Warming Oceans Will Play Major Role In Less Phytoplankton Diversity
2012-10-26 07:33:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Phytoplankton (plant wanderers), organisms that exist in the sunlit layer of the world´s oceans, are important for the sustainability of the aquatic food web. However, future warming oceans could significantly alter the populations of these important organisms, further impacting climate change. Since phytoplankton play a major role in the food chain and the world´s carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles, a significant...

Alpine Glaciers Important For Carbon Cycle 091812
2012-09-18 12:19:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the surface, the term “carbon cycle” can seem cold and almost prosaic. It´s a term that many of us learned and came to understand in a third-grade science class, with the help of rudimentary illustrations of the sun shining down on the grass that the cow was about to devour for lunch and oversized arrows tracing the flow of energy for us. Like many things we learned in those early classes, it was diluted down to...

2012-08-31 12:09:43

In a surprising finding, North Carolina State University researchers have shown that certain underground organisms thought to promote chemical interactions that make the soil a carbon sink actually play a more complex, dual role when atmospheric carbon levels rise. In a paper published in the Aug. 31 edition of Science, North Carolina State University researchers show that important and common soil microscopic organisms, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), play a role in sequestering...

Biomass Increase Found In West African Forests
2012-08-27 07:09:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Even in the midst of a four decade long drought, protected forests in West Africa have somehow experienced an increase in their carbon storage capacity in recent years, a team of researchers from Ghana and the UK have discovered. According to BBC News Environmental Reporter Mark Kinver, previous studies had suggested that a lack of precipitation in Ghana and the surrounding region resulted "in less carbon being stored as...

Two New Views Of Carbon Sinks
2012-08-02 05:35:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the last 50 years, man has quadrupled his CO2 output, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. That is a startling and sobering concept. So far, though, Mother Nature seems to be keeping pace. In a new study released August 2, 2012, in the journal Nature, researchers from NOAA and the University of Colorado assert that Earth's carbon sinks continue to soak up roughly half of the carbon output. Carbon sinks are areas of...

As Area Burned By Wildfire Increases Washington's Forests Will Lose Stored Carbon
2012-07-26 10:33:45

Even small increases in area burned could have significant impacts on carbon storage Forests in the Pacific Northwest store more carbon than any other region in the United States, but our warming climate may undermine their storage potential. A new study conducted by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington has found that, by 2040, parts of Washington State could lose as much as a third of their carbon...

Rising Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Speeds Carbon Loss From Forest Soils
2012-07-10 15:29:04

Underappreciated player in carbon storage should be included in global change models, researcher says Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found. The new evidence supports an emerging view that although forests remove a substantial amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, much of the carbon is being stored in living woody biomass rather than as dead organic...

Researchers Measure Carbon In The Arctic Ocean
2012-05-22 03:59:49

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have conducted a new study to measure levels of carbon at various depths in the Arctic Ocean. The study, recently published in the journal Biogeosciences, provides data that will help researchers better understand the Arctic Ocean´s carbon cycle–the pathway through which carbon enters and is used by the marine ecosystem. It will also offer an important point of reference for determining how those levels of carbon...


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