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Challenges in elevated CO2 experiments on forests

Calfapietra, Carlo, Ainsworth, Elizabeth A., Beier, Claus, De Angelis, Paolo, Ellsworth, David S., Godbold, Douglas L., Hendrey, George R., Hickler, Thomas, Hoosbeek, Marcel R., Karnosky, David F., King, John, Korner, Christian, Leakey, Andrew D.B., Lewin, Keith F., Liberloo, Marion, Long, Stephen P., Lukac, Martin, Matyssek, Rainer, Miglietta, Franco, Nagy, John, Norby, Richard J., Oren, Ram, Percy, Kevin E., Rogers, Alistair, Mugnozza, Giuseppe Scarascia, Stitt, Mark, Taylor, Gail and Ceulemans, Reinhart (2010) Challenges in elevated CO2 experiments on forests Trends in Plant Science, 15, (1), pp. 5-10. (doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2009.11.001). (PMID:19955012).

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Current forest Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiments are reaching completion. Therefore, it is time to define the scientific goals and priorities of future experimental facilities. In this opinion article, we discuss the following three overarching issues (i) What are the most urgent scientific questions and how can they be addressed? (ii) What forest ecosystems should be investigated? (iii) Which other climate change factors should be coupled with elevated CO2 concentrations in future experiments to better predict the effects of climate change? Plantations and natural forests can have conflicting purposes for high productivity and environmental protection. However, in both cases the assessment of carbon balance and how this will be affected by elevated CO2 concentrations and the interacting climate change factors is the most pressing priority for future experiments.

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Published date: January 2010


Local EPrints ID: 142973
ISSN: 1360-1385
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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2010 09:06
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Author: Carlo Calfapietra
Author: Elizabeth A. Ainsworth
Author: Claus Beier
Author: Paolo De Angelis
Author: David S. Ellsworth
Author: Douglas L. Godbold
Author: George R. Hendrey
Author: Thomas Hickler
Author: Marcel R. Hoosbeek
Author: David F. Karnosky
Author: John King
Author: Christian Korner
Author: Andrew D.B. Leakey
Author: Keith F. Lewin
Author: Marion Liberloo
Author: Stephen P. Long
Author: Martin Lukac
Author: Rainer Matyssek
Author: Franco Miglietta
Author: John Nagy
Author: Richard J. Norby
Author: Ram Oren
Author: Kevin E. Percy
Author: Alistair Rogers
Author: Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza
Author: Mark Stitt
Author: Gail Taylor
Author: Reinhart Ceulemans

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