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Strong and stable relationships between tree-ring parameters and forest-level carbon fluxes in a Siberian larch forest

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Title: Strong and stable relationships between tree-ring parameters and forest-level carbon fluxes in a Siberian larch forest
Authors: Tei, Shunsuke Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Sugimoto, Atsuko Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Kotani, Ayumi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Ohta, Takeshi Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Morozumi, Tomoki Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Saito, Soma Browse this author
Hashiguchi, Shuhei Browse this author
Maximov, Trofim Browse this author
Keywords: Eastern Siberia
Tree ring
CO2 flux
Climate change
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal Title: Polar Science
Volume: 21
Start Page: 146
End Page: 157
Publisher DOI: 10.1016/j.polar.2019.02.001
Abstract: The tree-ring width index (RWI) and satellite-derived vegetation indices, such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), are used as long-term indicators of the past forest carbon uptake. However, fundamental questions remain with respect to what is represented by the RWI and NDVI at the ecosystem level. To address this question, we compared tree-ring parameters (RWI and the carbon isotope ratio: delta C-13) and NDVI products with forest ecosystem CO2 fluxes estimated using the eddy covariance method, at a larch forest in eastern Siberia. The RWI and tree-ring delta C-13 correlated well with the ecosystem gross primary production (GPP), and their temporal stabilities were high during 2004-2014. However, the NDVI products did not show any temporally stable relationship with the GPP. This could be ascribed to significant changes in the understory vegetation in this forest, i.e., from dense cowberry to shrubs and moisture-tolerant grasses, because of an excessively moist environment during 2007-2008. Changes in the understory vegetation could be reflected by the NDVI products but not by the GPP. Our results indicate that it is more feasible to study forest carbon uptake using tree-ring parameters than using satellite-derived vegetation indices in such larch-dominated forest ecosystems in eastern Siberia.
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