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Water and carbon cycles in a changing climate

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This is an article collection published in Carbon Balance and Management.

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in studying the mechanisms of interaction between water and carbon cycles. However, resistance of these mechanisms to climate change and increasing pressure associated with the population growth remains largely unclear.  Due to growing demands for food, wood products, energy, climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation, it is important to quantify the limitations to climate mitigation posed by insufficient water supply on the land and potentials for carbon accumulation in water bodies, including the ocean.

Toward this goal, this article collection presents novel research, methods and reviews on water-carbon interactions. This may include:

  • advances in modeling the spatio-temporal features of the water-carbon cycles and interactions
  • remote sensing applications for analyzing the water and carbon dynamics at regional scale
  • advanced approaches for estimating the geographical and temporal distributions of carbon pools and fluxes associated with water availability
  • in-situ observation of water-carbon fluxes between vegetation canopy and atmosphere
  • statistic analysis of global, regional, local effect of insufficient water supply on the carbon sinks
  • quantitative attribution of the factors driving the water and carbon cycling processes
  • comprehensive assessment of climate change effects on water-carbon interactions
  • deriving adaptive strategies for sustainable water and carbon management at the local or regional scale
  • accumulation of carbon in marine sediments.

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Edited by: Yiping Wu, Long Cao and Georgii Alexandrov


Published articles in this collection:

  1. Excessive application of chemical fertilizer has resulted in lower nitrogen uptake and utilization efficiency of crops, decreasing soil fertility, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and worse environmental p...

    Authors: Ying Liu, Haiying Tang, Pete Smith, Chuan Zhong and Guoqin Huang

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:7

    Content type: Research

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  2. Forest disturbance induced changes in the coupling of forest carbon and water have important implications for ecosystem functioning and sustainable forest management. However, this is rarely investigated at th...

    Authors: Krysta Giles-Hansen, Xiaohua Wei and Yiping Hou

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:6

    Content type: Research

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  3. Water-use efficiency (WUE) represents the coupling of forest carbon and water. Little is known about the responses of WUE to thinning at multiple spatial scales. The objective of this research was to use field...

    Authors: Yi Wang, Antonio D. del Campo, Xiaohua Wei, Rita Winkler, Wanyi Liu and Qiang Li

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2020 15:24

    Content type: Research

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  4. Despite the widely recognized importance of aquatic processes for bridging gaps in the global carbon cycle, there is still a lack of understanding of the role of riverbed processes for carbon flows and stocks ...

    Authors: Junyu Qi, Xuesong Zhang, Sangchul Lee, Yiping Wu, Glenn E. Moglen and Gregory W. McCarty

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2020 15:13

    Content type: Research

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  5. Intensification of agricultural systems may result in overexploitation of water resources in arid regions because enhanced productivity of crops is often associated with increased actual evapotranspiration (AE...

    Authors: Wu Lei, Li Changbin, Xie Xuhong, He Zhibin, Wang Wanrui, Zhang Yuan, Wei Jianmei and Lv Jianan

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2020 15:7

    Content type: Research

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