Climate change cannot be entirely responsible for soil carbon loss observed in England and Wales, 1978-2003

Pete Smith, Stephen J. Chapman, W. Andy Scott, Helaina I. J. Black, Martin Wattenbach, Ronnie Milne, Colin D. Campbell, Allan Lilly, Nick Ostle, Peter E. Levy, David G. Lumsdon, Peter Millard, Willie Towers, Soenke Zaehle, Jo U. Smith

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We present results from modelling studies, which suggest that, at most, only about 10-20% of recently observed soil carbon losses in England and Wales could possibly be attributable to climate warming. Further, we present reasons why the actual losses of SOC from organic soils in England and Wales might be lower than those reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2605-2609
Number of pages5
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number12
Early online date19 Sep 2007
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • climate change
  • decomposition
  • soil organic carbon
  • soil organic matter
  • temperature sensitivity
  • CO2 emissions
  • model

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