Data from: Soil carbon response to woody plant encroachment: Importance of spatial heterogeneity and deep soil storage

Yong Zhou, Thomas W. Boutton & X. Ben Wu
1. Recent global trends of increasing woody plant abundance in grass-dominated ecosystems may substantially enhance soil organic carbon (SOC) storage and could represent a strong carbon (C) sink in the terrestrial environment. However, few studies have quantitatively addressed the influence of spatial heterogeneity of vegetation and soil properties on SOC storage at the landscape scale. In addition, most studies assessing SOC response to woody encroachment consider only surface soils, and have not explicitly assessed the...
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