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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.

  Keywords


Low Forest, Soil Moisture, Soil Respiration, Temperature Dependence

Authors’ address

(1)
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)
(2)
Matjaz Cater
Slovenian Forestry Institute, Večna pot 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)
(3)
Matjaz Cater
Mendel University in Brno, Zemedelska 3, 613 00 Brno (Czech Republic)

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Citation

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

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Tomas Vrska

Paper history

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

First online: Mar 25, 2016
Publication Date: Aug 09, 2016
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