Impacts of disturbance on the terrestrial carbon budget of North America

Eric S. Kasischke, Brian D. Amiro, Nichole N. Barger, Nancy H.F. French, Scott J. Goetz, Guido Grosse, Mark E. Harmon, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Shuguang Liu, Jeffrey G. Masek

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Because it is an important regulator of terrestrial carbon cycling in North America, extensive research on natural and human disturbances has been carried out as part of the North American Carbon Program and the CarboNA project. A synthesis of various components of this research was carried out, and the results are presented in the papers contained in this special section. While the synthesis primarily focused on the impacts of fire, insects/disease, and harvesting on terrestrial carbon cycling in forests, several groups focused on impacts of disturbance on woody encroachment in western U.S. dry lands and on soil carbon present in northern high-latitude regions. Here, we present a summary of the results from these papers, along with the findings and recommendations from the disturbance synthesis. Key Points A synthesis of impacts of disturbance on terrestrial carbon cycling

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-316
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • North America
  • carbon cycling
  • forest disturbance
  • soil carbon
  • synthesis
  • woody encroachment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Forestry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Palaeontology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology


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