Trends in soil solution dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations across European forests

M. Camino-Serrano, E. Graf Pannatier, S. Vicca, S. Luyssaert, M. Jonard, P. Ciais, B. Guenet, B. Gielen, J. Peñuelas, J. Sardans, P. Waldner, S. Etzold, G. Cecchini, N. Clarke, Z. Galić, L. Gandois, K. Hansen, J. Johnson, U. Klinck, Z. LachmanováA.J. Lindroos, H. Meesenburg, T.M. Nieminen, T.G.M. Sanders, K. Sawicka, W. Seidling, A. Thimonier, E. Vanguelova, A. Verstraeten, L. Vesterdal, I.A. Janssens

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    Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in surface waters is connected to DOC in soil solution through hydrological pathways. Therefore, it is expected that long-term dynamics of DOC in surface waters reflect DOC trends in soil solution. However, a multitude of site studies have failed so far to establish consistent trends in soil solution DOC, whereas increasing concentrations in European surface waters over the past decades appear to be the norm, possibly as a result of recovery from acidification. The objectives of this study were therefore to understand the long-term trends of soil solution DOC from a large number of European forests (ICP Forests Level II plots) and determine their main physicochemical and biological controls. We applied trend analysis at two levels: (1) to the entire European dataset and (2) to the individual time series and related trends with plot characteristics, i.e., soil and vegetation properties, soil solution chemistry and atmospheric deposition loads. Analyses of the entire dataset showed an overall increasing trend in DOC concentrations in the organic layers, but, at individual plots and depths, there was no clear overall trend in soil solution DOC. The rate change in soil solution DOC ranged between-16.8 and +23%yr
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5567-5585
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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