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Carbon and nitrogen stock and fluxes in coastal Atlantic Forest of southeast Brazil: potential impacts of climate change on biogeochemical functioning

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Villela, D. M. [1] ; de Mattos, E. A. [2] ; Pinto, A. S. [3] ; Vieira, S. A. [4] ; Martinelli, L. A. [5]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Estadual N Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro UENF, Ctr Biociencias & Biotecnol, Lab Ciencias Ambientais, BR-28013620 Campos Dos Goytacazes, RJ - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Rio de Janeiro, Inst Biol, Dept Ecol, Lab Ecol Vegetal, Ilha Fundao, BR-21941970 Rio De Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
[3] Univ Brasilia, Inst Biol, Dept Ecol, Lab Ecol Ecossistemas, BR-70910900 Brasilia, DF - Brazil
[4] Univ Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, NEPAM, BR-13083867 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Ctr Energia Nucl Agr, Lab Ecol, Div Funcionamento Ecossistemas Trop, BR-13400000 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Brazilian Journal of Biology; v. 72, n. 3, S, p. 633-642, AUG 2012.
Web of Science Citations: 6

The Atlantic Forest is one of the most important biomes of Brazil. Originally covering approximately 1.5 million of km(2), today this area has been reduced to 12% of its original size. Climate changes may alter the structure and the functioning of this tropical forest. Here we explore how increases in temperature and changes in precipitation distribution could affect dynamics of carbon and nitrogen in coastal Atlantic Forest of the southeast region of Brazil The main conclusion of this article is that the coastal Atlantic Forest has high stocks of carbon and nitrogen above ground, and especially, below ground. An increase in temperature may transform these forests from important carbon sinks to carbon sources by increasing loss of carbon and nitrogen to the atmosphere. However, this conclusion should be viewed with caution because it is based on limited information. Therefore, more studies are urgently needed to enable us to make more accurate predictions. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 03/12595-7 - Floristic composition, structure and functioning of the Dense Rainforest nuclei of Picinguaba and Santa Virgínia of Parque Estadual da Serra do Mar, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Grantee:Carlos Alfredo Joly
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants