Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 34)

Clear regularities in processes, structure and transport in forest ecosystems have been highlighted in the previous chapters. The most important conclusions are (i) light, temperature and temperature history determines photosynthetic rate (Section, (ii) extinction of light reduces photosynthesis in the canopy (Section 7.6.2), (iii) there is a tight relationship between the needle mass of a tree and the cross-sectional area of sapwood (Chapter 8), (iv) tissue types are characterised by specific concentrations of functional substances (Section 5.2.1) and (v) decomposition of soil organic matter proceeds slowly (Sections 6.4.1 and 7.9). These results, expressed quantitatively, enable construction of a dynamic model describing the growth of a forest ecosystem.


Soil Organic Matter Sample Plot Height Growth Annual Ring Ground Vegetation 
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