Soil carbon pools in Swiss forests show legacy effects from historic forest litter raking

  title={Soil carbon pools in Swiss forests show legacy effects from historic forest litter raking},
  author={Urs Gimmi and Benjamin I Poulter and Annett Wolf and Hanspeter Portner and Pascale Weber and Matthias B{\"u}rgi},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
Globally, forest soils contain twice as much carbon as forest vegetation. Consequently, natural and anthropogenic disturbances affecting carbon accumulation in forest soils can alter regional to global carbon balance. In this study, we evaluate the effects of historic litter raking on soil carbon stocks, a former forest use which used to be widespread throughout Europe for centuries. We estimate, for Switzerland, the carbon sink potential in current forest soils due to recovery from past litter… Expand

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