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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. The changes and influencing factors of soil inorganic carbon (SIC) and organic carbon (SOC) on precipitation gradients are crucial for predicting and evaluating carbon storage changes at the regional scale. Ho...

    Authors: Xinglin Zhu, Jianhua Si, Bing Jia, Xiaohui He, Dongmeng Zhou, Chunlin Wang, Jie Qin, Zijin Liu and Li Zhang
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2024 19:19
  2. Mangrove ecosystems exhibit significant carbon storage and sequestration. Its capacity to store and sequester significant amounts of carbon makes this ecosystem very important for climate change mitigation. In...

    Authors: Virni Budi Arifanti, Randi Ade Candra, Chandra Agung Septiadi Putra, Adibtya Asyhari, Adi Gangga, Rasis Putra Ritonga, Muhammad Ilman, Aji W. Anggoro and Nisa Novita
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2024 19:17
  3. The study of soil organic carbon characteristics and its relationship with soil environment and vegetation types is of great significance to the evaluation of soil carbon sink provided by inland salt marshes. ...

    Authors: Manping Kang, ChengZhang Zhao, Min Ma and Xiaoya Li
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2024 19:3
  4. Vegetation phenology can characterize ecosystem functions and plays a key role in the dynamics of plant productivity. Here we investigated the changes in growing season metrics (start of growing season, SOS; e...

    Authors: Linli Cui, Jun Shi and Fengjin Xiao
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2023 18:26
  5. Using ‘higher-tier’ emission factors in National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is essential to improve quality and accuracy when reporting carbon emissions and removals. Here we systematically reviewed 736 data a...

    Authors: Daniel Murdiyarso, Haruni Krisnawati, Wahyu C. Adinugroho and Sigit D. Sasmito
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2023 18:12
  6. We investigated the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil carbon dioxide (CO2)- and soil methane (CH4)-flux during biological soil crust (BSCs) deposition in a sand-binding area in the eastern Chinese Hobq Desert. The...

    Authors: Bo Wang, Jing Liu, Xin Zhang and Chenglong Wang
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:27
  7. Soil organic carbon (SOC) plays a crucial role in the global carbon cycle and terrestrial ecosystem functions. It is widely known that climate change and soil water content (SWC) could influence the SOC dynami...

    Authors: Fubo Zhao, Yiping Wu, Jinyu Hui, Bellie Sivakumar, Xianyong Meng and Shuguang Liu
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:24
  8. Removals caused by both natural and anthropogenic drivers such as logging and fire in miombo woodlands causes substantial carbon emissions. Here we present drivers and their effects on the variations on the nu...

    Authors: Bernardol John Manyanda, Emmanuel F. Nzunda, Wilson Ancelm Mugasha and Rogers Ernest Malimbwi
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:16
  9. Under the escalating threat to sustainable development from the global increase in carbon dioxide concentrations, the variations in carbon flux in the farmland ecosystem and their influencing factors have attr...

    Authors: Hui Guo, Sien Li, Fuk-Ling Wong, Shujing Qin, Yahui Wang, Danni Yang and Hon-Ming Lam
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:12
  10. Although great efforts have been made to quantify mangrove carbon stocks, accurate estimations of below-ground carbon stocks remain unreliable. In this study, we examined the distribution patterns of mangrove ...

    Authors: Yuchen Meng, Jiankun Bai, Ruikun Gou, Xiaowei Cui, Jianxiang Feng, Zheng Dai, Xiaoping Diao, Xiaoshan Zhu and Guanghui Lin
    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2021 16:8
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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