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Impacts of land-use history on the recovery of ecosystems after agricultural abandonment

Krause, Andreas; Pugh, Thomas A.M.; Bayer, Anita D.; Lindeskog, Mats; Arneth, Almut

Abstract (englisch):
Land-use changes have been shown to have large effects on climate and biogeochemical cycles, but so far most studies have focused on the effects of conversion of natural vegetation to croplands and pastures. By contrast, relatively little is known about the long-term influence of past agriculture on vegetation regrowth and carbon sequestration following land abandonment. We used the LPJ-GUESS dynamic vegetation model to study the legacy effects of different land-use histories (in terms of type and duration) across a range of ecosystems. To this end, we performed six idealized simulations for Europe and Africa in which we made a transition from natural vegetation to either pasture or cropland, followed by a transition back to natural vegetation after 20, 60 or 100 years. The simulations identified substantial differences in recovery trajectories of four key variables (vegetation composition, vegetation carbon, soil carbon, net biome productivity) after agricultural cessation. Vegetation carbon and composition typically recovered faster than soil carbon in subtropical, temperate and boreal regions, and vice versa in the tropics. While ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/esd-7-745-2016
ISSN: 2190-4979, 2190-4987
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-597749
KITopen ID: 1000059774
HGF-Programm 12.02.02; LK 01
Erschienen in Earth System Dynamics
Band 7
Heft 3
Seiten 745-766
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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