Since the increased emission of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere may become a serious environmental problem in the world, quantitative studies on the carbon cycle are essential to predict the CO2-induced warming effect on the earth. The carbon cycle in a terrestrial ecosystem involves the circulation of carbon among the atmosphere, vegetation, and soil as carbon pools. Of these carbon pools, soil is the largest reservoir (1500 Pg on a global scale, or twice the atmospheric carbon pool; Watson et al., 1990). Therefore, relevant discussions about the carbon cycle require information on the carbon flux between soil and the atmosphere or between soil and vegetation.
|Title of host publication||Structure and Function in Agroecosystem Design and Management|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2001 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Environmental Science(all)