Carbon and beyond: The biogeochemistry of climate in a rapidly changing Amazon

Covey, Kristofer, Soper, Fiona, Pangala, Sunitha, Bernardino, Angelo, Pagliaro, Zoe, Basso, Luana, Cassol, Henrique, Fearnside, Philip, Navarrete, Diego, Novoa, Sidney, Sawakuchi, Henrique, Lovejoy, Thomas, Marengo, Jose, Peres, Carlos A. ORCID:, Baillie, Jonathan, Bernasconi, Paula, Camargo, Jose, Freitas, Carolina, Hoffman, Bruce, Nardoto, Gabriela B., Nobre, Ismael, Mayorga, Juan, Mesquita, Rita, Pavan, Silvia, Pinto, Flavia, Rocha, Flavia, de Assis Mello, Ricardo, Thuault, Alice, Bahl, Alexis Anne and Elmore, Aurora (2021) Carbon and beyond: The biogeochemistry of climate in a rapidly changing Amazon. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 4. ISSN 2624-893X

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The Amazon Basin is at the center of an intensifying discourse about deforestation, land-use, and global change. To date, climate research in the Basin has overwhelmingly focused on the cycling and storage of carbon (C) and its implications for global climate. Missing, however, is a more comprehensive consideration of other significant biophysical climate feedbacks [i.e., CH4, N2O, black carbon, biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), aerosols, evapotranspiration, and albedo] and their dynamic responses to both localized (fire, land-use change, infrastructure development, and storms) and global (warming, drying, and some related to El Niño or to warming in the tropical Atlantic) changes. Here, we synthesize the current understanding of (1) sources and fluxes of all major forcing agents, (2) the demonstrated or expected impact of global and local changes on each agent, and (3) the nature, extent, and drivers of anthropogenic change in the Basin. We highlight the large uncertainty in flux magnitude and responses, and their corresponding direct and indirect effects on the regional and global climate system. Despite uncertainty in their responses to change, we conclude that current warming from non-CO2 agents (especially CH4 and N2O) in the Amazon Basin largely offsets—and most likely exceeds—the climate service provided by atmospheric CO2 uptake. We also find that the majority of anthropogenic impacts act to increase the radiative forcing potential of the Basin. Given the large contribution of less-recognized agents (e.g., Amazonian trees alone emit ~3.5% of all global CH4), a continuing focus on a single metric (i.e., C uptake and storage) is incompatible with genuine efforts to understand and manage the biogeochemistry of climate in a rapidly changing Amazon Basin.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This project was funded as part of the National Geographic Society and Rolex partnership to support a Perpetual Planet. This synthesis began as a multi-day convening hosted by the National Geographic Society in Manaus, Brazil, in 2019, for which we acknowledge the advice of Teagan Blaine. KC and ZP acknowledge generous support from the Deborah and Dexter Senft. ABe was funded by a National Geographic Society research grant. LB, HC, and JMay were funded by FAPESP Grants 2018/14006-4, 2018/14423-4, and 2014/50848-9, respectively. JMay was funded by the National Coordination for High Level Education and Training (CAPES) Grant 88887.136402-00INCT and the National Institute of Science and Technology for Climate Change Phase 2 (CNPq Grant 465501/2014-1). PF was funded by CNPq (311103/2015-4, 429795/2016-5), FAPEAM (708565), INPA (PRJ15.125), and Rede Clima (INPE) FINEP (01.13.0353-00). The author team is grateful for the contribution of two reviewers whose thoughtful comments and suggestions considerably improved the manuscript. Publisher Copyright: © Copyright © 2021 Covey, Soper, Pangala, Bernardino, Pagliaro, Basso, Cassol, Fearnside, Navarrete, Novoa, Sawakuchi, Lovejoy, Marengo, Peres, Baillie, Bernasconi, Camargo, Freitas, Hoffman, Nardoto, Nobre, Mayorga, Mesquita, Pavan, Pinto, Rocha, de Assis Mello, Thuault, Bahl and Elmore.
Uncontrolled Keywords: biogenic voc emission,black carbon,climate change,land use - land cover change,methane,nitrous oxide,forestry,ecology,global and planetary change,nature and landscape conservation,environmental science (miscellaneous),sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 15 - life on land ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1107
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2021 01:03
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 14:51
DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.618401

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