Global change manipulative experiments are developing rapidly in China
More global change manipulative experiments (GCMEs) in underrepresented regions such as semi-arid ecosystems, forests in the tropics and subtropics, and arctic tundra are needed to generate a robust projection of future terrestrial carbon-climate feedback.
1 month ago by Hebei University
In 2005, INTERFACE (An Integrated Network for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research on Feedbacks to the Atmosphere and ClimatE) created and released a global distribution map of GCMEs (Fig. 1). The map showed a clear message that compared with the United States and Europe, China is relatively backward in global change research using the methodology of manipulative experiments. However, GCMEs are developing rapidly in China since 2005 (Figs. 2 and 3).
Our paper, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, provides an incredible and monster dataset for global change research and underscores an urgent need to explore the interactions among multiple global change drivers in underrepresented regions such as semi-arid ecosystems, forests in the tropics and subtropics, and arctic tundra when forecasting future terrestrial carbon-climate feedback.
This article had a large team of 59 authors from 39 affiliations in 9 countries (China, France, USA, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland) and was a panoramic display for what have we done using GCMEs, what have we learned from GCMEs, and where should GCMEs go in the future. We believe that this article will be one of the milestones on the development road of GCMEs to promote the rapid progress of GCMEs.