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Vulnerability of soil organic carbon to climate change in permafrost and dryland ecosystems

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 201˙726 €
 EC max contribution 174˙495 € (87%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2018-06-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS ES (MOSTOLES) coordinator 174˙495.00
2    Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Northern Arizona University US (Flagstaff) partner 0.00


 Project objective

Soil organic matter provides essential ecosystem services and is one of the largest C reservoirs on Earth, holding more than three-fold as much C as does the atmosphere. Over 75% of the global soil organic C pool is stored in permafrost and dryland regions, both under high pressure due to climate change. In particular, global warming may accelerate soil organic matter decomposition in these ecosystems, which may dramatically endanger their functioning and worsen climate change by releasing significant amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. However, the rate of this effect and to what extent it may be offset by warming-induced increases of plant-derived organic inputs remain highly uncertain. The main objective of this project is to gain a deeper insight into the vulnerability of soil organic matter to climate change in permafrost and drylands, and to explore potential implications in terms of ecosystem functioning and feedback to global warming. We will use globally unique ecosystem warming experiments in Alaska (permafrost) and central Spain (dryland), with a well-established monitoring of plant productivity, phenology, and nutrient status, soil physical, chemical, biochemical, and microbiological properties, and CO2 fluxes. We will focus on the destabilization, stabilization, and transformation processes of soil organic matter at the molecular level by using an unparalleled combination of state-of-the-art methods for soil organic matter fractionation into pools directly related to conceptual preservation mechanisms, powerful stable and radioactive isotope techniques, and advanced nuclear magnetic resonance tools. VULCAN will fill major gaps in our knowledge, will make this information widely available to scientists, policy makers, and the general public, and will provide the Fellow with the necessary knowledge, skills, networking, and experience to lead future research projects related to the feedbacks between climate change and terrestrial ecosystems in Europe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Plaza, C., Zaccone, C., Sawicka, K., Méndez, A.M., Tarquis, A., Gascó, G., Schuur, E.A.G., Maestre, F.T.
Physical and chemical properties of soils and carbon pools in global drylands
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TERRAenVISION, Environmental Issues Today: Scientific Solutions for Societal Issues 2019-06-11
2018 Junyi Liang, Jiangyang Xia, Zheng Shi, Lifen Jiang, Shuang Ma, Xingjie Lu, Marguerite Mauritz, Susan M. Natali, Elaine Pegoraro, Christopher Ryan Penton, César Plaza, Verity G. Salmon, Gerardo Celis, James R. Cole, Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis, James M. Tiedje, Jizhong Zhou, Edward A. G. Schuur, Yiqi Luo
Biotic responses buffer warming-induced soil organic carbon loss in Arctic tundra
published pages: , ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14325
Global Change Biology 2019-06-11
2017 Schuur, E., Plaza, C., Pegoraro, E., Bracho, R.G., Celis, G., Crummer, K.G., Hutchings, J.A., Hicks Pries, C., Mauritz, M., Natali, S., Salmon, V.G., Schaedel, C., Webb, E.
Rapid changes in the permafrost soil carbon pool in response to warming
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American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019-06-11
2018 Moreno-Jiménez, E., Plaza, C., Saiz, H., Manzano, R., Flagmeier, M., Maestre, F.T.
Aridity decreases soil micronutrient availability in global drylands
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TERRAenVISION, Environmental Issues Today: Scientific Solutions for Societal Issues 2019-06-11
2016 Bracho, R., Schuur, E.A.G., Pegoraro, E.F., Plaza, C., Hale, L., Konstantinidis, K., Wu, L., Zhou, J., Luo, Y., Tiedje, J.
OOS 34-9 - Temperature sensitivity of organic matter decomposition of permafrost-region soils during laboratory incubations
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Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting 2016 2019-06-11
2016 Plaza, C., Pegoraro, E., Schuur, E.A.G.
B43C-0623: Response of organic matter quality in permafrost soils to warming
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American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019-06-11
2015 Plaza, C., Schuur, E.A.G., Maestre, F.T.
B31D-0593: The VULCAN Project: Toward a better understanding of the vulnerability of soil organic matter to climate change in permafrost ecosystems
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American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019-06-11
2016 Liang, J., Schuur, E.A.G., Luo, Y., Cole, J.R., Jiang, L., Konstantinidis, K., Mauritz, M., Natali, S., Pegoraro, E., Penton, C.R., Plaza, C., Salmon, V.G., Shi, Z., Tiedje, J.M., Wu, L., Xia, J., Zhou, J.
B41J-08: Accelerated soil carbon loss by biological changes under warming in Alaskan tundra
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American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2019-06-11

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