Modelling short-term temporal changes of bare soil CO2 emissions in a tropical agrosystem by using meteorological data

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Elsevier B.V.


Determining the variability of carbon dioxide emission from soils is an important task as soils are among the largest sources of carbon in biosphere. In this work the temporal variability of bare soil CO2 emissions was measured over a 3-week period. Temporal changes in soil CO2 emission were modelled in terms of the changes that occurred in solar radiation (SR), air temperature (T-air), air humidity (AR), evaporation (EVAP) and atmospheric pressure (ATM) registered during the time period that the experiment was conducted. The multiple regression analysis (backward elimination procedure) includes almost all the meteorological variables and their interactions into the final model (R-2 = 0.98), but solar radiation showed to be the one of the most relevant variables. The present study indicates that meteorological data could be taken into account as the main forces driving the temporal variability of carbon dioxide emission from bare soils, where microbial activity is the sole source of carbon dioxide emitted. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.



carbon balance, carbon dioxide emission, soil respiration, greenhouse gases

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Applied Soil Ecology. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 24, n. 1, p. 113-116, 2003.