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I. Introduction This chapteroutlines a.strategyfor using bulk soil radiocarbonmeasurementsto estimate soil organic matter tumover in native, cultivated, and recovering soil. The turnover of soil organic nitrogen can also be inferred from thesemeasurements. Knowing soit carbon turnover times allows a f;st step toward understandinghow soil carbon,which containJthreetimes the amomt of carbon present in the preindushial atmosphere,will respondto anthr.opogenicperturbations,including changing land use, anthropogenicnihogen deposition,changing climati, -ico, i.niii#ion. The radiocarbon results suggest that soil "utlol.(exclusive oftitter; exchangesriinin"uniu.ounts of carbon with the atmosphere(-20-25 c/ve1!, thus having tire potentiat to iespond to perturbations. The increase !t "*'"t storagedue to co, fertilizatioi may potentially explain most of the so-called ,,missing $;]l Many workers have-estimated the global inventoryof soil carbonusing a variety of techniques: Schlesinger(1977) usedvegetationtyp'rr to estimatean inventoryoi i+so Gt. c; post et ar.(r9g2) estimatedsoil humus to hold 1395 G; c using climatic rir*on"r; e*aran et al. (1gg3) used soil orders to estimatean inventoryof 1576Gt c;-and Batjes(lgg6) rouna tqaz-t54g Gt c using data from 4'353 soil profiles' Aithough there are differencesbetweenthese techniques, the results generallyagree' How this large pooiof carbon influencesu*otptr..i. co, is uncertain, becausethe individual turnover times of the multitude of soil compounds are noi wett known. These turnover times may range from days to millennia. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce a strategy for estimating the turnover.time of soil organic matter using burk soil iadiocarbon measurements. The techniquebuilds on the approachesof otherr, th" c""t"ry ""a Rothamstedmodels, mass balance studies, and fractionation of soil humus. The century and Rothamsted models use measurementsof soil carbondecomposition as the.foundationfoi soptristlcateaecosystem models. The model structuresare similar, having soil organicmaterial consist'ingof fast, active, and passive fractions. The century model (parton Jt ur., 1gg7, lggg, rss:; schim;l et ar., lg94) has an active carbon turnover time ranging from 20 to 50 years, and, it assignsa turnover of g00 to 1200 years to passive carbon' The Rothamstedmodel (Jenkinson, 1990)usesa 2L-yearturnovertime for active carbon and a near infinite turnover time for passive carbon. o'Brien and Stout (1978)-use a sophisticated model to interpret their New Zealand soil radiocarbon measurements. Their model includes carbon input, a'".o.position rates, and soil diffusivity, which is constrained by the depth distribution or *Jil.*uon and total carbon, and it ISBN0-8493-7441_3 @1997 byCRCpress, Inc. 54g


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includescarbon input' decomposition,and soil diffusivity. They assign a 50-yeartumover time for active carbon and a near infinite time for passivecarbon. Researchershave tried to separateactive and passivecomponentsusing physical and chemical fractionationtechniques(Paul et al.,1964;Cambeliet al., l96i;Martel and paul, 1974b;Gohet al., 1976, 1977,1984;Scharpenseel et al., l96ga,b;Trumboreet al.,19g9,1990). Trumbore(iss:) summarizes the results of various fractionation techniques. one way to test the effectiveness of fractionation is to see if the amountof bomb radiocarbonis distributed in the soil as predictedby estimatesof the residencetime for soil organicmatter. To date,none of the availablefractionation schemesreproducethe expandeddistributionof bomb carbon(Trumbore. 1993).

II. Estimating Soil carbon Turnover Times Using Bulk Radiocarbon Measurements My researchusesa time-stepone-boxmodel and bulk soil radiocarbon measurements to estimate tumover times and inventoriesof active and passivecarbon. The model has atmosphericC-14 varues and CO, concentrationsfor every year from 1800 until the present. The user selectsthe carbon inventory and the turnover time. The turnover time equalsihe carbon inventory divided by the exchange flux. The exchange flux equals the amount of carbon that is added io the box (from photosynthesis)or lost fromthe box (respiration). Lossesthrough erosionand dissolution are thought to be small (Schlesinger,1986)and are not considered.The model can be run in either a steadystate mode (where the flux in equalsthe flux out) or in a nonsteadystatemode (in which carbon is either accumulatingor decreasing).My researchusesthis model and soil radiocarbon data to show that soil carbon has more than one component and to estimatethe turnover time of the passivellaction, the proportionsofactive and passivecarbonin surfacesoil, and the active soil carbonresidencetime. Many researchershave concludedthat soil consistsof a complex mix of organic moleculeswhose turnover times rangefrom a few yearsto thousandsofyears. Tiris pool cannot be characterizedby a singleturnovertime (O'Brien and Stout,1984;Balesdent,1988;parton, lgg7, l9gg,l993; Jenkinson and Raynor, 1977)' For example,six publishedprebomb values for the averageradiocarbon content of surfacesoil are 92o/omodem (Table l). "Modern" meansthe amount of radiocarbonrelativeto 1850wood. This 92%omodern value indicatesa 650-yeartumover time, which would show very little increasein bomb radiocarbon with time. Further,diilerent types of vegetation and soil rypeswithin the sameclimate will often have differentvalues. In reality, ihe soil rJdiocarbon valuesincreasein the 1960sand then level off(Figure 1). This increasesuggeststhat soil organicmaterialcontainsan active componentwith a turnover time significantlylessthan 650 years. This active componentmust be diluted with a passivecomponenthaving a turnovertime of greater than 650 years. The turnover time of passive soil carbon can be estimatediom soil radiocarbonmeasurements made at depthswhere little or no activesoil carbonis present. Sometropical soils have activesoil carbon several meters below the surface(Nepsted et-a|., 1994 and Fisher et al., |994);howeveil


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5,700 years), a mixture of 11% passive and 83%oactive leads to the observed averageradiocarbon value of 92ohmodern (Figure 2). The post-bombincreasein soil radiocarbonvalues can be used to estimatethe active soil carbon turnover time (Hanison, 1993a). A25-year turnover time producesthe best fit to the available data. Most of the points are for temperateecosystems,and warmer tropical ecosystemsmay have faster turnover times, while cooler boreal turnover times may be slower. For example, Bird et al. (1996) found faster soil carbontumover times in the tropics and Trumbore et al. (1996) found that soil carbon turnover times decreasedwith increasingtemperature.The proportionsof active and passivesoil may differ for tropical and boreal climates. This approach can be validated by looking at a specific site where field data can be used to comparemodel predictionswith soil radiocarbonmeasurements.O'Brien and Stout (1978) reported measurementsfor a New Zealand grasslandsoil that included a deep soil value and a time series of surfacesoil valuesthat extendedfrom prebombtimes into the mid-1970s. The model that best fit, the data consistedof a l2%opassive,88% activeportion that tumed over every 25 years. Thesevalues are very similar to those derived from the available data for soil radiocarbon globally, with the slightly shorter turnover time being the most significant difference. Further, Figure 3 shows the excellent agreement befween the model and the data. This model reproducesthe prebomb soil radiocarbon values and the post-bomb increasein radiocarbon values in native soil. The model can be further validated by seeing if derivatives could explain radiocarbon measurements in cultivated and recoveringsoil.

III. Soil Carbon Dynamics in Cultivated Ecosystems Soil loses about 25Yo of its carbon when cultivated (Schlesinger,1986; Post and Mann, 1990; Davidson and Ackermen, 1993). This loss stemsfrom reducedinputs of organic matter and increased rates of organic matter mineralization. Cultivated soil generally has lower radiocarbon values than native soil that hasbeen sampledat the sametime (Figure 4; Martel and Paul, 1974). Hsieh (1992 nd 1993)has developeda two-componentmodel that reproducestemporal changesin radiocarbonvalues in cultivated soil. Using a similar approach,Harrison et al. (1993b) assumedthat carbon lost from soil due to cultivation would be lost from the activecarbonpool. However,the oxidation and loss of a fiaction ofthe active-soilcarboncould only explainabouthalfthe observedradiocarbondepletion. Mixing subsurfacesoil with the shallowsurfacesoil throughcultivation (i.e., the plow mixes up the soil) can accountfor the remainingdepletionin radiocarbonvalues. The model, which included mixing and oxidation, produced good agreementwith the available data for changes in soil radiocarbonupon cultivation (Figure4).

IV. Soil Carbon Turnover in RecoveringEcosystems To further test the model, the baselinemodel was modified to explore the carbon dynamics of a recoveringsoil that was increasingits carbonstores. One exampleincludesa recoveringtemperate forest locatedin the CalhounNational Forestof South Carolina that is describedby Richter et al. (1994, 1995),Hanison (1994), and Harrisonet al. (1995). This site containsLoblolly pine (Pinus taeda)thatwas plantedin 1959on land that had beencultivatedfor 150 years. From 1962to 1968, the surfacecarbon concentrationincreasedfrom 5.9 Mglha to 8.0 Mg,&a. The native soil carbon model was modified to take into accountthis carbonaccumulationby increasingthe flux of carbon into the active-soilcarbonpool. The tumover time that best reproducedthe observedradiocarbon measurementswas 12 years, which is about twice as fast as carbon turnover in native ecosystems. Figure 5 shows the agreementbetweenthe model and the data for this accumulating ecosystem.

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Table 3 lists the estimatesfor the global inventory of soil organic matter in nonwetland ecosystems. Thesevaluescan be usedto estimatethe global inventory of active soil carbon. The active-to-passive proportions found in surfacesoil cannot be applied to all carbon present in nonwetland soil because the proportion of active to passivecarbondecreaseswith increasingdepth. The integratedinventories suggest that the global pool is about 50% passive and 50Yo active (Harrison, tee3a;. While extrapolatingthesedistributionsinvolvesuncertainty(i.e., the proportions are likely to diffei for other climatesand types of vegetation),the global inventory of active carbon ranges from 500 to 625 Gt C. A way to confirm the model is to seeif measuredfluxes from the soil agreewith values predicted by the model. A 500 Gt. C pool turning over every 25 years emits 20 Gt. C from the soil annually. This translatesinto a 150 gC/m2/yr from the world's uplandssurface. The 600 and 625 Gt. C. values result in 24 GtClyeat (180 g Clm2lyr) and25 Gt C/year(190 g Clm2lyr). All are still significantly lower than the observedflux from a temperateforest soil ranging from 400 to 500 g C/m2lyear(Raich and Schlesinger,1992). Yet, the measuredvaluesinclude sourcesof carbon dioxide besidesmicrobial respiration of soil organic matter, such as root respiration and oxidation of liuer and fme roots (perhapsas much as 50%;o of NPP). It is impossibleto separatethese CO, sources,but it is unlikely that they are greaterthan 50% ofthe total. Also, land having low organiccarbon contents,such as desertsoil, make it diffrcult to compareglobal and regionalvalues. It would be impossibleto get better agreementbetweenthe fluxes predictedby the model and measuredfluxes for a temperateforest ecosystembecauseofthese dif[erences. However, ifone considersthe measuredfluxes tobe an upper limit, the predictedvaluesfall well below it.

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VI. Carbon DioxideFertilization of fastcyclingsoil carbon'it is possibleto estimate Having estimatedthetumovertime andinventory CO, fertilizationoccurs ;iored in soil bicauseof CO, fertilization' theamounlof carbonp";;t to elevatedcarbondioxidelevels(StrainandCure' tn#s"*rtt *rten expo.sed whenplantsincrease co' way or,fertilizationis with a tgg5; BazzazandFajei T,ial a .onnrni.nt concentration)' co' in growttlror-adouutingof rncrease fertilizationfactor(i.e.,thepercentage haveshownincreasedgrowthat elevatedCO' experimlnts Althougtrmanyindoor iOrt"rtit2ution is highlycontroversial tir.r. resultsto naturalvegetation levels(Strainarra C,rre,lSgii "*t upotuti.rg going to co, fertilizationfactors the carbonflux (BazzazandFajer,r ss2). F;tlhrt, apryitr! tn"sa grown plants under carbon soil the .-6nti, i^i'"t ui' irqssl havesirownthat into soil is speculation pairedcounterparts' nonelevated their in than was-greater chambers in doubledco2 in open-top foundevidenceof (1992) etal' Norby significant'Also' althoughtheir results*"r. iot statistically lendingcredibilityto the CO' concentrations' fmeroot densityfor treesg.o*o intttuut"a increased will soil carbonstorage' belief that if plant growthis stimulated'so to estimatethe additionalamountof u",n developed For this study,a Co,ferti|izationmodelt'u, mattercanbe fertilizatlon' itre flux of carboninto soil organic carbonstoredin ,oif U"iuur" of CO, (0'35 after p * deltanc9'- ; en' p is the co'- fertilizationfactor increasedby addingfl* ;; flux. exchange ct,angein carbondioxide,andEF is the Harrison,|993a), deltapCo, is thefractionat amount the times flux (i.e-,thedecayconstant thedec"ay As theflux of carbon^ri rr,. uo* increases, cgbol dioxidestopsincreasing'the uittosptt"tic r"u"ioi of carbonin thebox) ulro i."."ar"r. If the soilwillattainahighersteadystatecarboncontentwithane-foldingtimeof25years. in soil becauseof cot of carbonsequestered Tabte 3 lists the modelpredictions.The amount estimatethat the (1994) al' et ior the 1980s' Dixon fertilizationrangesfrom 0.j to 0.7 Gt Clyear canbe storing fertilization ..missingsink, is 1.1Gt C/yearfor thistimeperi,oJ.Thus,carbondioxide "missingsink" in soil' muchoithe VII. Conclusion and Future Research ThischapterpresentsaSffategyforestimatingtheglobalinlgnto.vandturnovertimefornonwetland time and trruiirtiu" soil carbonhasa 25-yearturnover datasuggests soil. Theavailableradiocarbon perturbations to activesoil carbonmayrespondsignificantly a 500to 625Gt.c inventory.Therefore, deposition'CO' fertilization changingclimate,unJ*,t'.opogenic nitrogen suchas COrfertilization, of the"missingsink'" Grc/yearin t"il,;;; "xpiui"i"g u ,,'uiotportion canpotentiallystore0i;0,

Acknowledgments that andmanydiscussions improvingthemanuscript for helpfulcomments.for I thankBill schlesinger calhoun providing and data io,.u""J* to calhoun providedthe"ont"r.tiorlt is studyandDanni"*". Zambellaforher supportandencouragement' Ann Beth thank I *.urur"n'.nis. soil for radiocarbon this research' Th" NutionalScienceFoundationsupported

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