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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913021/climate-and-land-use-changes-effects-on-soil-organic-carbon-stocks-in-a-mediterranean-semi-natural-area
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Beatriz Lozano-García, Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Luis Parras-Alcántara
A thorough knowledge of the effects of climate and land use changes on the soil carbon pool is critical to planning effective strategies for adaptation and mitigation in future scenarios of global climate and land use change. In this study, we used CarboSOIL model to predict changes in soil organic carbon stocks in a semi-natural area of Southern Spain in three different time horizons (2040, 2070, 2100), considering two general circulation models (BCM2 and ECHAM5) and three IPCC scenarios (A1b, A2, B2). The effects of potential land use changes from natural vegetation (Mediterranean evergreen oak woodland) to agricultural land (olive grove and cereal) on soil organic carbon stocks were also evaluated...
November 29, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911998/tropical-forest-loss-and-its-multitrophic-effects-on-insect-herbivory
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José Carlos Morante-Filho, Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez, Madelon Lohbeck, Teja Tscharntke, Deborah Faria
Forest loss threatens biodiversity, but its potential effects on multitrophic ecological interactions are poorly understood. Insect herbivory depends on complex bottom-up (e.g., resource availability and plant antiherbivore defenses) and top-down forces (e.g., abundance of predators and herbivorous), but its determinants in human-altered tropical landscapes are largely unknown. Using structural equation models, we assessed the direct and indirect effects of forest loss on insect herbivory in 40 landscapes (115 ha each) from two regions with contrasting land-use change trajectories in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910529/development-of-a-beam-ion-velocity-detector-for-the-heavy-ion-beam-probe
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P J Fimognari, T P Crowley, D R Demers
In an axisymmetric plasma, the conservation of canonical angular momentum constrains heavy ion beam probe (HIBP) trajectories such that measurement of the toroidal velocity component of secondary ions provides a localized determination of the poloidal flux at the volume where they originated. We have developed a prototype detector which is designed to determine the beam angle in one dimension through the detection of ion current landing on two parallel planes of detecting elements. A set of apertures creates a pattern of ion current on wires in the first plane and solid metal plates behind them; the relative amounts detected by the wires and plates determine the angle which beam ions enter the detector, which is used to infer the toroidal velocity component...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908625/a-novel-integrated-modelling-framework-to-assess-the-impacts-of-climate-and-socio-economic-drivers-on-land-use-and-water-quality
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Matthias Zessner, Martin Schönhart, Juraj Parajka, Helene Trautvetter, Hermine Mitter, Mathias Kirchner, Gerold Hepp, Alfred Paul Blaschke, Birgit Strenn, Erwin Schmid
Changes in climatic conditions will directly affect the quality and quantity of water resources. Further on, they will affect them indirectly through adaptation in land use which ultimately influences diffuse nutrient emissions to rivers and therefore potentially the compliance with good ecological status according to the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). We present an integrated impact modelling framework (IIMF) to track and quantify direct and indirect pollution impacts along policy-economy-climate-agriculture-water interfaces...
November 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907017/the-farther-the-better-effects-of-multiple-environmental-variables-on-reef-fish-assemblages-along-a-distance-gradient-from-river-influences
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Leonardo M Neves, Tatiana P Teixeira-Neves, Guilherme H Pereira-Filho, Francisco G Araújo
The conservation and management of site-attached assemblages of coastal reefs are particularly challenging because of the tremendous environmental variation that exists at small spatial scales. In this sense, understanding the primary sources of variation in spatial patterns of the biota is fundamental for designing effective conservation policies. We investigated spatial variation in fish assemblages around the windward and leeward sides of coastal islands situated across a gradient of riverine influence (13 km in length)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905442/quantifying-global-soil-carbon-losses-in-response-to-warming
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T W Crowther, K E O Todd-Brown, C W Rowe, W R Wieder, J C Carey, M B Machmuller, B L Snoek, S Fang, G Zhou, S D Allison, J M Blair, S D Bridgham, A J Burton, Y Carrillo, P B Reich, J S Clark, A T Classen, F A Dijkstra, B Elberling, B A Emmett, M Estiarte, S D Frey, J Guo, J Harte, L Jiang, B R Johnson, G Kröel-Dulay, K S Larsen, H Laudon, J M Lavallee, Y Luo, M Lupascu, L N Ma, S Marhan, A Michelsen, J Mohan, S Niu, E Pendall, J Peñuelas, L Pfeifer-Meister, C Poll, S Reinsch, L L Reynolds, I K Schmidt, S Sistla, N W Sokol, P H Templer, K K Treseder, J M Welker, M A Bradford
The majority of the Earth's terrestrial carbon is stored in the soil. If anthropogenic warming stimulates the loss of this carbon to the atmosphere, it could drive further planetary warming. Despite evidence that warming enhances carbon fluxes to and from the soil, the net global balance between these responses remains uncertain. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of warming-induced changes in soil carbon stocks by assembling data from 49 field experiments located across North America, Europe and Asia...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903060/satellite-imagery-technology-in-public-health-analysis-of-site-catchment-areas-for-assessment-of-poliovirus-circulation-in-nigeria-and-niger
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Marina Takane, Shizu Yabe, Yumiko Tateshita, Yusuke Kobayashi, Akihiko Hino, Kazuo Isono, Hiromasa Okayasu, Ousmane M Diop, Takeo Tadono
Environmental surveillance supplements the surveillance of acute flaccid paralysis by monitoring wastewater for poliovirus circulation. Building on previous work, we analysed wastewater flow to optimise selection and placement of sampling sites with higher digital surface model (DSM) resolution. The newly developed 5-m mesh DSM from the panchromatic, remote-sensing instruments for stereo mapping on-board the Japanese advanced land observing satellite was used to estimate catchment areas and flow of sewage water based on terrain topography...
November 21, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902732/predictors-of-current-and-longer-term-patterns-of-abundance-of-american-pikas-ochotona-princeps-across-a-leading-edge-protected-area
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Lucas Moyer-Horner, Erik A Beever, Douglas H Johnson, Mark Biel, Jami Belt
American pikas (Ochotona princeps) have been heralded as indicators of montane-mammal response to contemporary climate change. Pikas no longer occupy the driest and lowest-elevation sites in numerous parts of their geographic range. Conversely, pikas have exhibited higher rates of occupancy and persistence in Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada montane 'mainlands'. Research and monitoring efforts on pikas across the western USA have collectively shown the nuance and complexity with which climate will often act on species in diverse topographic and climatic contexts...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898178/pre-rain-green-up-is-ubiquitous-across-southern-tropical-africa-implications-for-temporal-niche-separation-and-model-representation
#9
Casey M Ryan, Mathew Williams, John Grace, Emily Woollen, Caroline E R Lehmann
Tree phenology mediates land-atmosphere mass and energy exchange and is a determinant of ecosystem structure and function. In the dry tropics, including African savannas, many trees grow new leaves during the dry season - weeks or months before the rains typically start. This syndrome of pre-rain green-up has long been recognized at small scales, but the high spatial and interspecific variability in leaf phenology has precluded regional generalizations. We used remote sensing data to show that this precocious phenology is ubiquitous across the woodlands and savannas of southern tropical Africa...
November 29, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896464/a-hypergravity-environment-increases-chloroplast-size-photosynthesis-and-plant-growth-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens
#10
Kaori Takemura, Hiroyuki Kamachi, Atsushi Kume, Tomomichi Fujita, Ichirou Karahara, Yuko T Hanba
The physiological and anatomical responses of bryophytes to altered gravity conditions will provide crucial information for estimating how plant physiological traits have evolved to adapt to significant increases in the effects of gravity in land plant history. We quantified changes in plant growth and photosynthesis in the model plant of mosses, Physcomitrella patens, grown under a hypergravity environment for 25 days or 8 weeks using a custom-built centrifuge equipped with a lighting system. This is the first study to examine the response of bryophytes to hypergravity conditions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889213/spatiotemporal-estimation-of-air-temperature-patterns-at-the-street-level-using-high-resolution-satellite-imagery
#11
Ran Pelta, Alexandra A Chudnovsky
Although meteorological monitoring stations provide accurate measurements of Air Temperature (AT), their spatial coverage within a given region is limited and thus is often insufficient for exposure and epidemiological studies. In many applications, satellite imagery measures energy flux, which is spatially continuous, and calculates Brightness Temperature (BT) that used as an input parameter. Although both quantities (AT-BT) are physically related, the correlation between them is not straightforward, and varies daily due to parameters such as meteorological conditions, surface moisture, land use, satellite-surface geometry and others...
November 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885617/assessment-of-impacts-of-land-use-changes-on-surface-water-using-l-thia-model-case-study-zayandehrud-river-basin
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M Mirzaei, E Solgi, A Salmanmahiny
Land use changes in a basin are the most important factors affecting its hydrology and water quality. A hydrological model is an effective tool in assessing the effects of land use change on surface water. In this study, the effects of land use changes in the Zayandehrud basin are estimated using long-term hydrologic impact assessment model. This model is applicable using long-term data on climate, soil hydrological groups, and land use maps. The study covered three land uses across 18 years (from 1997 to 2015), and we used data on 30 years of precipitation (from 1985 to 2015) in the model...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885171/sapfluxnet-towards-a-global-database-of-sap-flow-measurements
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Rafael Poyatos, Víctor Granda, Roberto Molowny-Horas, Maurizio Mencuccini, Kathy Steppe, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta
Plant transpiration is the main evaporative flux from terrestrial ecosystems; it controls land surface energy balance, determines catchment hydrological responses and influences regional and global climate. Transpiration regulation by plants is a key (and still not completely understood) process that underlies vegetation drought responses and land evaporative fluxes under global change scenarios. Thermometric methods of sap flow measurement have now been widely used to quantify whole-plant and stand transpiration in forests, shrublands and orchards around the world...
November 23, 2016: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882716/toward-a-sociology-of-the-reconciliation-of-conflicting-desires
#14
Susan O'Donnell, David Perley
Desire-based research provides people and communities the opportunity to share their dreams and hopes for a better future. However, conflicting desires are difficult to reconcile. We suggest that sociological research to understand conflicting desires is required to support reconciliation work by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Our contribution begins by identifying much of current and past sociological research about Indigenous people and communities as damaged-centered, that is, identifying problems and obstacles in the hope that the knowledge will lead to change...
November 2016: Canadian Review of Sociology, Revue Canadienne de Sociologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876390/landscape-changes-traditional-ecological-knowledge-and-future-scenarios-in-the-alps-a-holistic-ecological-approach
#15
Clara Tattoni, Elena Ianni, Davide Geneletti, Paolo Zatelli, Marco Ciolli
In recent decades, a dramatic landscape change has occurred in the European alpine region: open areas have been naturally recolonized by forests as traditional agricultural and forest activities were reduced and reorganized. Land use changes (LUC) are generally measured through GIS and photo interpretation techniques, but despite many studies focused on this phenomenon and its effects on biodiversity and on the environment in general, there is a lack of information about the transformation of the human-environment connection...
November 19, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871754/farmland-atmosphere-feedbacks-amplify-decreases-in-diffuse-nitrogen-pollution-in-a-freeze-thaw-agricultural-area-under-climate-warming-conditions
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Xiang Gao, Wei Ouyang, Zengchao Hao, Yandan Shi, Peng Wei, Fanghua Hao
Although climate warming and agricultural land use changes are two of the primary instigators of increased diffuse pollution, they are usually considered separately or additively. This likely lead to poor decisions regarding climate adaptation. Climate warming and farmland responses have synergistic consequences for diffuse nitrogen pollution, which are hypothesized to present different spatio-temporal patterns. In this study, we propose a modeling framework to simulate the synergistic impacts of climate warming and warming-induced farmland shifts on diffuse pollution...
November 18, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870035/large-connected-floodplain-forests-prone-to-flooding-best-sustain-plant-diversity
#17
Sarah E Johnson, Kathryn L Amatangelo, Philip A Townsend, Donald M Waller
Dams, levees, and water withdrawals disrupt hydrologic regimes and associated floodplain forests. Because these forests are also responding to changes in land use, species invasions, and climate change, the relative effects of these factors are hard to disentangle. Most studies of floodplain forests lack historic data, requiring us to rely on recent data or contemporary spatial relationships to these drivers to infer those causes of vegetation dynamics. Here, we use survey data from the 1950s to reconstruct plant community changes across 40 floodplain forests in Wisconsin...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867784/on-the-sensitivity-of-the-diurnal-cycle-in-the-amazon-to-convective-intensity
#18
Kyle F Itterly, Patrick C Taylor, Jason B Dodson, Ahmed B Tawfik
Climate and reanalysis models contain large water and energy budget errors over tropical land related to the misrepresentation of diurnally forced moist convection. Motivated by recent work suggesting that the water and energy budget is influenced by the sensitivity of the convective diurnal cycle to atmospheric state, this study investigates the relationship between convective intensity, the convective diurnal cycle, and atmospheric state in a region of frequent convection-the Amazon. Daily, 3-hourly satellite observations of top of atmosphere (TOA) fluxes from Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Ed3a SYN1DEG and precipitation from Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission 3B42 data sets are collocated with twice daily Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive observations from 2002 to 2012 and hourly flux tower observations...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867215/resolving-large-scale-pressures-on-species-and-ecosystems-propensity-modelling-identifies-agricultural-effects-on-streams
#19
Caitlin E Pearson, Steve J Ormerod, William O C Symondson, Ian P Vaughan
Although agriculture is amongst the world's most widespread land uses, studies of its effects on stream ecosystems are often limited in spatial extent. National monitoring data could extend spatial coverage and increase statistical power, but present analytical challenges where covarying environmental variables confound relationships of interest.Propensity modelling is used widely outside ecology to control for confounding variables in observational data. Here, monitoring data from over 3000 English and Welsh river reaches are used to assess the effects of intensive agricultural land cover (arable and pastoral) on stream habitat, water chemistry and invertebrates, using propensity scores to control for potential confounding factors (e...
April 2016: Journal of Applied Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862619/when-does-seed-limitation-matter-for-scaling-up-reforestation-from-patches-to-landscapes
#20
T Trevor Caughlin, Stephen Elliott, Jeremy W Lichstein
Restoring forest to hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land has become a centerpiece of international plans to sequester carbon and conserve biodiversity. Forest landscape restoration will require scaling up ecological knowledge of secondary succession from small-scale field studies to predict forest recovery rates in heterogeneous landscapes. However, ecological field studies reveal widely divergent times to forest recovery, in part due to landscape features that are difficult to replicate in empirical studies...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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