The boreal forest stores more carbon in its soils and vegetation than any other biome on earth. The soils in particular harbor tremendous amounts of carbon because cold and wet conditions impede microbial decomposition of soil organic matter. Increased fire frequency or warming temperatures could cause this stored soil organic matter to be transferred to the atmosphere, adding to atmospheric CO2 buildup. Alternatively, warming could increase plant growth, causing CO2 to be removed from the atmosphere. Understanding which of these two scenarios might occur with climate change continues to be the focus of my research.
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