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The storage of carbon in forest ecosystems has received special attention in the Kyoto protocol of the Climate Convention, which attempts to equilibrate fossil fuel emissions with biological sinks. This volume quantifies carbon storage in managed forest ecosystems not only in biomass, but also in all soil compartments. It investigates the interaction between the carbon and nitrogen cycles by working along a north-south transect through Europe which starts in northern Sweden, passes through a N-deposition maximum in central Europe and ends in Italy.
The book contains 21 chapters and is divided into the following Parts:Part A: Introduction to the European Transect.-Part B: Plant-Related Processes.-Part C: Heterotrophic Processes.-Part D: Diversity-Related Processes.-Part E: Integration