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Data from: Community carbon and water exchange responses to warming and precipitation enhancement in sandy grassland along a restoration gradient

Citation

Luo, Yayong et al. (2019), Data from: Community carbon and water exchange responses to warming and precipitation enhancement in sandy grassland along a restoration gradient, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5h058nc

Abstract

Temperature increasing and precipitation alteration are predicted to occur in arid and semi-arid lands, however, the response mechanism of carbon and water exchange at community level is still unclear in semi-arid sandy land. We investigated the responses of carbon and water exchanges to warming and precipitation enhancement along a sand-dune restoration gradient: mobile sand dunes (MD), semi-fixed sand dunes (SFD) and fixed sand dunes (FD). The average net ecosystem productivity (NEP) and evapotranspiration (ET) between May and August increased by 98% and 59%, respectively, from MD to SFD. While they had no significant differences between FD and the other two habitats. Warming inhibited ecosystem NEP, ET and water use efficiency (WUE) by 69%), 49% P<0.001 and 80%, respectively in SFD, while it nearly had no significant effects in MD and FD. However, precipitation addition by 30% nearly had no significant effects on community NEP, ET and WUE, except for warming treatment in FD. In general, precipitation addition of 30% may still not be enough to prevent drought stress for growth of plants, due to with low water-holding capacity and high evaporation rates in sandy land. Temperature increase magnified drought stress as it increased evapotranspiration rates especially in summer. In addition, community NEP, ET and WUE were usually influenced by interactions between habitats and temperature, as well as the interactions among habitats, temperature and precipitation. Species differences in each habitat along the restoration gradient may alter climate sensitivity of sandy land. These results will support in understanding and the prediction of the impacts of warming and precipitation change in semiarid sandy grassland.

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Horqin Sandy Land