iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry


Different harvest intensity and soil CO2 efflux in sessile oak coppice forests

Eva Darenova (1)   , Matjaz Cater (2-3), Marian Pavelka (1)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 546-552 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1773-009
Published: Mar 25, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

Research Articles

Collection/Special Issue: IUFRO division 8.02 - Mendel University Brno (Czech Republic) 2015
Coppice forests: past, present and future
Guest Editors: Tomas Vrska, Renzo Motta, Alex Mosseler

Soil CO2 efflux accounts for about 45-80% of total ecosystem respiration and is therefore an important part of the ecosystem carbon cycle. Soil CO2 efflux has been poorly studied in forests managed in the ancient coppicing manner. In our study, soil CO2 efflux, temperature, and moisture were measured in sessile oak stands with different harvesting intensity (control: 0% intensity; V1: 75%; V2: 80 %; V3: 85%; and V4: 100%) during the fifth and sixth years after harvesting. Soil CO2 efflux was in the range 2-8 µmol CO2 m-2 s-1 and indicated an increasing pattern with increasing harvesting intensity. The slope of that pattern became less steep from the fifth to the sixth year after harvesting, thus indicating gradual recovery of soil carbon dynamics in the coppiced stand toward the equilibrium state existing before harvesting. Temperature sensitivity of soil CO2 efflux ranged between 2.1 and 2.8, with the lowest values measured in the control stand. Soil CO2 efflux in the control stand was more sensitive to changes in soil moisture than was that on harvested plots. By our calculations, 6.2 tC ha-1 was released from the control stand and 6.2-6.8 tC ha-1 from the harvested stands during the sixth year after harvesting. If mean temperature were to rise by 1 °C, the amount of soil carbon released would increase by 7.7% in the control stand and, depending on harvesting intensity, by 9.0-10.8% in the harvested stands.


Low Forest, Soil Moisture, Soil Respiration, Temperature Dependence

Authors’ address

Eva Darenova
Marian Pavelka
Global Change Research Center, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i., Belidla 4a, 603 00 Brno (Czech Republic)
Matjaz Cater
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Matjaz Cater
Mendel University in Brno, Zemedelska 3, 613 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

Corresponding author



Darenova E, Cater M, Pavelka M (2016). Different harvest intensity and soil CO2 efflux in sessile oak coppice forests. iForest 9: 546-552. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1773-009

Academic Editor

Tomas Vrska

Paper history

Received: Jul 17, 2015
Accepted: Feb 29, 2016

First online: Mar 25, 2016
Publication Date: Aug 09, 2016
Publication Time: 0.83 months

Breakdown by View Type

(Waiting for server response...)

Article Usage

Total Article Views: 40626
(from publication date up to now)

Breakdown by View Type
HTML Page Views: 34121
Abstract Page Views: 2278
PDF Downloads: 3148
Citation/Reference Downloads: 31
XML Downloads: 1048

Web Metrics
Days since publication: 3034
Overall contacts: 40626
Avg. contacts per week: 93.73

Article Citations

Article citations are based on data periodically collected from the Clarivate Web of Science web site
(last update: Feb 2023)

Total number of cites (since 2016): 12
Average cites per year: 1.50


Publication Metrics

by Dimensions ©

Articles citing this article

List of the papers citing this article based on CrossRef Cited-by.

Bolstad PV, Davis KJ, Martin J, Cook BD, Wang W (2004)
Component and whole-system respiration fluxes in northern deciduous forests. Tree Physiology 24: 493-504.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Boone RD, Nadelhoffer KJ, Canary JD, Kaye JP (1998)
Roots exert a strong influence on the temperature sensitivity of soil respiration. Nature 396: 570-572.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Borken W, Savage K, Davidson EA, Trumbore SE (2006)
Effects of experimental drought on soil respiration and radiocarbon efflux from a temperate forest soil. Global Change Biology 12: 177-193.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Cleveland CC, Reed SC, Keller AB, Nemergut DR, O’Neill SP, Ostertag R, Vitousek PM (2014)
Litter quality versus soil microbial community controls over decomposition: a quantitative analysis. Oecologia 174: 283-294.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Darenova E, Pavelka M, Acosta M (2014)
Diurnal deviations in the relationship between CO2 efflux and temperature: a case study. Catena 123: 263-269.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Drake PL, Mendham DS, White DA, Ogden GN (2009)
A comparison of growth, photosynthetic capacity and water stress in Eucalyptus globulus coppice regrowth and seedlings during early development. Tree Physiology 29 (5): 663-674.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Evans J (1992)
Coppice forestry - an overview. In: “Ecology and Management of coppice woodlands” (Buckley GP ed). Springer, the Netherlands, pp. 18-27.
Fang C, Moncrieff JB, Gholz HL, Clark KL (1998)
Soil CO2 efflux and its spatial variation in a Florida slash pine plantation. Plant and Soil 205: 135-146.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Graham SL, Hunt JE, Millard P, McSeveny T, Tylianakis JM, Whitehead D (2014)
Effects of soil warming and nitrogen addition on soil respiration in a New Zealand tussock grassland. Plos One 9.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Guan DX, Wu JB, Zhao XS, Han SJ, Yu GR, Sun XM, Jin CJ (2006)
CO2 fluxes over an old, temperate mixed forest in northeastern China. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology 137: 138-149.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Guo LB, Gifford RM (2002)
Soil carbon stocks and land use change: a meta analysis. Global Change Biology 8: 345-360.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Hanson PJ, Wullschleger SD, Bohlman SA, Todd DE (1993)
Seasonal and topographic patterns of forest floor CO2 efflux from an upland oak forest. Tree Physiology 13: 1-15.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Herrero C, Juez L, Tejedor C, Pando V, Bravo F (2014)
Importance of root system in total biomass for Eucalyptus globulus in northern Spain. Biomass and Bioenergy 67: 212-222.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Hogberg P, Nordgren A, Buchmann N, Taylor AFS, Ekblad A, Hogberg MN, Nyberg G, Ottosson-Lofvenius M, Read DJ (2001)
Large-scale forest girdling shows that current photosynthesis drives soil respiration. Nature 411: 789-792.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Inclan R, Uribe C, De La Torre D, Sanchez DM, Clavero MA, Fernandez AM, Morante R, Cardena A, Fernandez M, Rubio A (2010)
Carbon dioxide fluxes across the Sierra de Guadarrama, Spain. European Journal of Forest Research 129: 93-100.
CrossRef | Gscholar
IPCC (2014)
Climate change 2014: synthesis report. A contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Core Writing Team, RK Pachauri, Meyer LA eds). IPCC, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 151.
Jandl R, Lindner M, Vesterdal L, Bauwens B, Baritz R, Hagedorn F, Johnson DW, Minkkinen K, Byrne KA (2007)
How strongly can forest management influence soil carbon sequestration? Geoderma 137: 253-268.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Jassal RS, Black TA, Novak MD, Gaumont-Guay D, Nesic Z (2008)
Effect of soil water stress on soil respiration and its temperature sensitivity in an 18-year-old temperate Douglas-fir stand. Global Change Biology 14: 1305-1318.
CrossRef | Gscholar
La Scala N, Marques J, Pereira GT, Cora JE (2000)
Carbon dioxide emission related to chemical properties of a tropical bare soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 32: 1469-1473.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Law BE, Ryan MG, Anthoni PM (1999)
Seasonal and annual respiration of a ponderosa pine ecosystem. Global Change Biology 5: 169-182.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Lloyd J, Taylor JA (1994)
On the temperature-dependence of soil respiration. Functional Ecology 8: 315-323.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Logli F, Joffre R (2001)
Individual variability as related to stand structure and soil condition in Mediterranean oak coppice. Forest Ecology and Management 142: 53-63.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Londo AJ, Messina MG, Schoenholtz SH (1999)
Forest harvesting effects on soil temperature, moisture, and respiration in a bottomland hardwood forest. Soil Science and Society of America Journal 63: 637-644.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Lopez BC, Sabate S, Gracia CA (2003)
Thinning effects on carbon allocation to fine roots in a Quercus ilex forest. Tree Physiology 23: 1217-1224.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Luan JW, Liu SR, Wang JX, Zhu XL, Shi ZM (2011)
Rhizospheric and heterotrophic respiration of a warm-temperate oak chronosequence in China. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43: 503-512.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Matteucci M, Gruening C, Ballarin IG, Cescatti A (2014)
Soil and ecosystem carbon fluxes in a Mediterranean forest during and after drought. Agrochimica 58: 91-115.
Mello SLM, de Moraes Goncalves JL, Gava JL (2007)
Pre- and post-harvest fine root growth in Eucalyptus grandis stands installed in sandy and loamy soils. Forest Ecology and Management 246: 186-195.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Merckx T, Feber RE, Hoare DJ, Parsons MS, Kelly CJ, Bourn NA, Macdonald DW (2012)
Conserving threatened Lepidoptera: towards an effective woodland management policy in landscapes under intense human land-use. Biological Conservation 149: 32-39.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Nielsen AB, Moller F (2008)
Is coppice a potential for urban forestry? The social perspective. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 7: 129-138.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Pang X, Bao W, Zhu B, Cheng W (2013)
Responses of soil respiration and its temperature sensitivity to thinning in a pine plantation. Agriculture and Forest Meteorology 171: 57-64.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Peterken GF (1993)
Woodland Conservation and Management (2nd edn). Chapman and Hall, London, UK, pp. 394.
Online | Gscholar
Rackham O (2008)
Ancient woodlands: modern threats. New Phytologist 180: 571-586.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Radtke A, Ambrass S, Zerbe S, Tonon G, Fontana V, Ammer C (2013)
Traditional coppice forest management drives the invasion of Ailanthus altissima and Robinia pseudoacacia into deciduous forests. Forest Ecology and Management 291: 308-317.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Raich JW, Schlesinger WH (1992)
The global carbon-dioxide flux in soil respiration and its relationship to vegetation and climate. Tellus Series B 44: 81-99.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Raich JW, Tufekcioglu A (2000)
Vegetation and soil respiration: correlations and controls. Biogeochemistry 48: 71-90.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Rey A, Pegoraro E, Tedeschi V, De Parri I, Jarvis PG, Valentini R (2002)
Annual variation in soil respiration and its components in a coppice oak forest in Central Italy. Global Change Biology 8: 851-866.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Saiz G, Byrne KA, Butterbach-Bahl K, Kiese R, Blujdeas V, Farrell EP (2006)
Stand age-related effects on soil respiration in a first rotation Sitka spruce chronosequence in central Ireland. Global Change Biology 12 (6): 1007-1020.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Shibistova O, Lloyd J, Evgrafova S, Savushkina N, Zrazhevskaya G, Arneth A, Knohl A, Kolle O, Schulze ED (2002)
Seasonal and spatial variability in soil CO2 efflux rates for a central Siberian Pinus sylvestris forest. Tellus Series B 54: 552-567.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Sieferle RP (2001)
The subterranean forest: energy systems and the industrial revolution. White Horse Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 230.
Online | Gscholar
Tedeschi V, Rey A, Manca G, Valentini R, Jarvis PG, Borghetti M (2006)
Soil respiration in a Mediterranean oak forest at different developmental stages after coppicing. Global Change Biology 12: 110-121.
CrossRef | Gscholar
UN/ECE-FAO (2000)
Forest resources of Europe, CIS, North America, Australia, Japan and New Zeland, Main Report. Geneva Timber and Forest Study Papers 17, United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 445.
Verheyen K, Baeten L, De Frenne P, Bernhardt-Römermann M, Brunet J, Cornelis J, Decocq G, Dierschke H, Eriksson O, Hédl R, Heinken T, Hermy M, Hommel P, Kirby K, Naaf T, Peterken G, Petrik P, Pfadenhauer J, Van Calster H, Walther G-R, Wulf M, Verstraeten G (2012)
Driving factors behind the eutrophication signal in understorey plant communities of deciduous temperate forests. Journal of Ecology 100: 352-365.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Wu J, Van Der Linden L, Lasslop G, Carvalhais N, Pilegaard K, Beier C, Ibrom A (2012)
Effects of climate variability and functional changes on the interannual variation of the carbon balance in a temperate deciduous forest. Biogeosciences 9: 13-28.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Xu LK, Baldocchi DD, Tang JW (2004)
How soil moisture, rain pulses, and growth alter the response of ecosystem respiration to temperature. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 18.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Xu M, Qi Y (2001)
Soil-surface CO2 efflux and its spatial and temporal variations in a young ponderosa pine plantation in northern California. Global Change Biology 7: 667-677.
CrossRef | Gscholar
Yuste JC, Janssens IA, Carrara A, Meiresonne L, Ceulemans R (2003)
Interactive effects of temperature and precipitation on soil respiration in a temperate maritime pine forest. Tree Physiology 23: 1263-1270.
CrossRef | Gscholar

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. More info