Influence of Microclimate on Short-Term Litter Decomposition in Loblolly Pine Ecosystems

  • Graeme B. Lockaby
  • Arthur H. Chappelka
  • Mary A. Sword
  • Allan E. Tiarks
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 128)


Recently, there has been much concern expressed over projected increases in global temperatures (Schneider, 1989), and the subsequent effects on terrestrial ecosystems (Woodward, 1992). Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other trace greenhouse gases such as methane and chlorofluorocarbons are increasing at a dramatic rate (Mooney et al., 1987; Schneider, 1994). Increases in these gases and potential trapping of infrared radiation have led to predictions by general circulation climate models (GCMs) of global surface temperature increases from 1.5 to 4.5 °C over the next 50 to 100 years (Hansen et al., 1981; Bretherton et al., 1990). These models have also predicted shifts in the global water cycle, although the magnitude and direction of change is less certain.


Forest Floor Litter Decomposition Condensed Tannin Tannin Concentration Climate Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graeme B. Lockaby
  • Arthur H. Chappelka
  • Mary A. Sword
  • Allan E. Tiarks

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