Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 491–501 | Cite as

СО2 Fluxes at the Clear-Cut in the Southern Taiga of European Russia

  • V. V. MamkinEmail author
  • V. K. Avilov
  • D. G. Ivanov
  • A. V. Olchev
  • J. A. Kurbatova


Forest disturbances induced by clear-cutting (CC) lead to the transformation of the natural biogeochemical processes determining the main greenhouse gas fluxes (primarily CO2) between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere. Effects of CC on CO2 exchange substantially vary depending on local environmental and climate conditions. This study focuses on an estimation of the net ecosystem exchange of СО2 (NEE), gross primary production (GPP), and total ecosystem respiration (TER) and soil respiration in the southern taiga in European Russia. The results are based on continuous eddy covariance measurements during two growing seasons (2016 and 2017). The research has shown that CC was a consistent source of CO2 for the atmosphere during the first years following harvest (NEE from May to October is 553.3 gС m–2 in 2016 and 193.3 in 2017). Interannual variability of the cumulative NEE showed increase of GPP (777.5 gС m–2 in 2016 and 1020.5 gС m–2) and decrease of TER (1330.9 gС m–2 in 2016 and 1213.7 gС m–2 in 2017). The results of chamber measurements have shown that soil respiration in the midday hours in summer varied between 3.6 ± 0.7 and 11.8 ± 3.0 μmol m–2 s–1 in 2016 and between 6.0 ± 1.3 and 14.8 ± 3.5 μmol m–2 s–1 in 2017 at the different plots within the clear-cut site. The estimates of the cumulative GPP at the clear-cut in the southern taiga of European Russia exceed the GPP rates obtained previously in the other clear-cut forest ecosystems in boreal and subboreal ecozones.


clear-cut CO2 fluxes carbon cycle southern taiga NEE TER GPP 



We are grateful K.A. Ermokhina, Senior Researcher at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, for making the geobotanical description at the clear-cut.


The study was funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Russian Geographical Society according to the research project no. 17-05-41127. It was also partially supported by programs of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences no. 51 “Climate change: causes, risks, consequences, problems of adaptation and regulation” and no. 41 “Biodiversity of natural systems and biological resources of Russia.”


Conflict of interests. The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement on the welfare of animals. This article does not contain any studies involving animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Mamkin
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. K. Avilov
    • 1
  • D. G. Ivanov
    • 1
  • A. V. Olchev
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. A. Kurbatova
    • 1
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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