Is Net Ecosystem Production Equal to Ecosystem Carbon Accumulation?

  title={Is Net Ecosystem Production Equal to Ecosystem Carbon Accumulation?},
  author={Gary M Lovett and Jonathan J. Cole and Michael L. Pace},
Net ecosystem production (NEP), defined as the difference between gross primary production and total ecosystem respiration, represents the total amount of organic carbon in an ecosystem available for storage, export as organic carbon, or nonbiological oxidation to carbon dioxide through fire or ultraviolet oxidation. In some of the recent literature, especially that on terrestrial ecosystems, NEP has been redefined as the rate of organic carbon accumulation in the system. Here we argue that… Expand

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