From tree to tap: the impacts of climate change on biogeochemical processes during conifer needle decomposition and broader implications for water quality in Colorado
Recent climate change has contributed to large-scale tree mortality across forested regions in Colorado. As forest health declines, concern for associated terrestrial biogeochemical and hydrologic shifts is mounting. These shifts are related to reduced tree canopy cover, cessation of belowground rhizospheric processes, and increased organic inputs to the system. This can in turn affect terrestrial carbon and nitrogen cycling at the tree scale and downstream water quality. These processes within the forest are complex, however, and the observed changes in soil and stream chemistry can vary across ...
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