Leveraging Environmental Research and Observation Networks to Advance Soil Carbon Science

Samantha R. Weintraub, Alejandro N. Flores, William R. Wieder, Debjani Sihi, Claudia Cagnarini, Daniel Ruiz Potma Gonçalves, Michael H. Young, Li Li, Yaniv Olshansky, Roland Baatz, Pamela L. Sullivan, Peter M. Groffman

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Soil organic matter (SOM) is a critical ecosystem variable regulated by interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes. Collaborative efforts to integrate perspectives, data, and models from interdisciplinary research and observation networks can significantly advance predictive understanding of SOM. We outline how integrating three networks—the Long-Term Ecological Research with a focus on ecological dynamics, the Critical Zone Observatories with strengths in landscape/geologic context, and the National Ecological Observatory Network with standardized multiscale measurements—can advance SOM knowledge. This integration requires improved data dissemination and sharing, coordinated data collection activities, and enhanced collaboration between empiricists and modelers within and across networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1055
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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Weintraub, S. R., Flores, A. N., Wieder, W. R., Sihi, D., Cagnarini, C., Gonçalves, D. R. P., Young, M. H., Li, L., Olshansky, Y., Baatz, R., Sullivan, P. L., & Groffman, P. M. (2019). Leveraging Environmental Research and Observation Networks to Advance Soil Carbon Science. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(5), 1047-1055. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JG004956