The biogeochemistry of mountain forests in the Hindu Kush Himalaya range is poorly studied, although climate change is expected to disproportionally affect the region. To better understand soil C cycling of mountain forest ecosystems, Norbu Wangdi et al. studied soil respiration, its autotrophic and heterotrophic components, as well as the effects of environmental drivers such as temperature and moisture at a moderately high-altitude cool temperate mixed forest and a lower altitude cool temperate broadleaf forest in Bhutan.
The study was part of the larger through fall manipulation experiment which was part of the BC-CAP project (Climate Change Adaptation Potentials of Forests in Bhutan– building human capacities and knowledge base) jointly implemented by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Department of Forests and Park Services and the BOKU University, Austria funded by Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water.
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