Soil organic matter (SOM) is a critical ecosystem variable regulated by interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes. Collaborative efforts to integrate perspectives, data, and models from interdisciplinary research and observation networks can significantly advance predictive understanding of SOM. We outline how integrating three networks—the Long‐Term Ecological Research with a focus on ecological dynamics, the Critical Zone Observatories with strengths in landscape/geologic context, and the National Ecological Observatory Network with standardized multiscale measurements—can advance SOM knowledge. This integration requires improved data dissemination and sharing, coordinated data collection activities, and enhanced collaboration between empiricists and modelers within and across networks.
This document was originally published in JGR Biogeosciences by Wiley on behalf of the American Geophysical Union. Copyright restrictions may apply. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JG004956
Weintraub, Samantha R.; Flores, Alejandro N.; Wieder, William R.; Sihi, Debjani; Claudia, Cagnarini; Gonçalves, Daniel Ruiz Potma; . . . and Groffman, Peter M. (2019). "Leveraging Environmental Research and Observation Networks to Advance Soil Carbon Science". JGR Biogeosciences, 124(5), 1047-1055. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JG004956