Task 1

Whole-Soil Experiments and Biogeochemistry

  • Develop a longterm whole-soil warming experiment in a temperate forest. This setup will be used by both U.S. and international scientists.
  • Explore and explain, quantitatively, the effect of warming on microbial decomposition, CO2 production, and the physico-chemical state of soil organic carbon (SOC) over multiple seasons and years.
  • Understand the processes that affect the vulnerability of surface soils, and how it might differ from that of deep soil organic matter.