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Pools of carbon and nitrogen in mountain grassland ecosystems

The potential impact of likely future land-use changes depends inter alia on the size of the various ecosystem carbon and nitrogen pools. CARBOMONT delivers the various carbon and nitrogen pool sizes for differently managed mountain grassland ecosystem across Europe, which up to now are missing.

Management was an important determinant of plant standing biomasses and carbon and nitrogen pools. CARBOMONT has shown that abandonment increases both the aboveground phytomass, carbon and nitrogen pool size as compared to meadows and pastures. More than 95% of the grassland carbon pools are located belowground and reflect land-use history more than current land use.

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University of Innsbruck, Institute of Botany
Sternwartestr. 15
6020 Innsbruck
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