A study of long-term soil moisture dynamics : assessing biologically available water as a function of soil development
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Forecasting ecosystem responses to global change is highly uncertain in light of the alarming rates of climate change predicted by the scientific community. Rising CO₂ concentrations not only cause increased warming, but may also influence the amount and distribution of rainfall in terrestrial ecosystems. This in turn affects plant growth and the ability of ecosystems to perform important functions including nutrient cycling and decomposition. Soil moisture is considered the major control of ecosystem structure and function, and it is considered the most limiting resource to biological activity ...