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dc.contributor.authorMiehe, Georg
dc.contributor.authorSchleuss, Per-Marten
dc.contributor.authorSeeber, Elke
dc.contributor.authorBabel, Wolfgang
dc.contributor.authorBiermann, Tobias
dc.contributor.authorBraendle, Martin
dc.contributor.authorChen, Fahu
dc.contributor.authorConers, Heinz
dc.contributor.authorFoken, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorGerken, Tobias
dc.contributor.authorGraf, Hans-F.
dc.contributor.authorGuggenberger, Georg
dc.contributor.authorHafner, Silke
dc.contributor.authorHolzapfel, Maika
dc.contributor.authorIngrisch, Johannes
dc.contributor.authorKuzyakov, Yakov
dc.contributor.authorLai, Zhongping
dc.contributor.authorLehnert, Lukas
dc.contributor.authorLeuschner, Christoph
dc.contributor.authorLi, Xiaogang
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Jianquan
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Shibin
dc.contributor.authorMa, Yaoming
dc.contributor.authorMiehe, Sabine
dc.contributor.authorMosbrugger, Volker
dc.contributor.authorNoltie, Henry J.
dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Joachim
dc.contributor.authorSpielvogel, Sandra
dc.contributor.authorUnteregelsbacher, Sebastian
dc.contributor.authorWang, Yun
dc.contributor.authorWillinghöfer, Sandra
dc.contributor.authorXu, Xingliang
dc.contributor.authorYang, Yongping
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Shuren
dc.contributor.authorOpgenoorth, Lars
dc.contributor.authorWesche, Karsten
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-01T15:31:09Z
dc.date.available2018-11-01T15:31:09Z
dc.date.issued2018-01
dc.identifier.citationMiehe, Georg, Per-Marten Schleuss, Elke Seeber, Wolfgang Babel, Tobias Biermann, Martin Braendle, Fahu Chen, Heinz Coners, Thomas Foken, Tobias Gerken, Hans-F Graf, Georg Guggenberger, Silke Hafner, Maika Holzapfel, Johannes Ingrisch, Yakov Kuzyakov, Zhongping Lai, Lukas Lehnert, Christoph Leuschner, Xiaogang Li, Jianquan Liu, Shibin Liu, Yaoming Ma, Sabine Miehe, Volker Mosbrugger, Henry J. Noltie, Joachim Schmidt, Sandra Spielvogel, Sebastian Unteregelsbacher, Yun Wang, Sandra Willinghöfer, Xingliang Xu, Yongping Yang, Shuren Zhang, Lars Opgenoorth, and Karsten Wesche. "The Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands - Origin, functioning and degradation of the world's largest pastoral alpine ecosystem: Kobresia pastures of Tibet.." Science of the Total Environment 648 (January 2019): 754-771. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.164.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/14964
dc.description.abstractWith 450,000 km^2 Kobresia (syn. Carex) pygmaea dominated pastures in the eastern Tibetan highlands are the world's largest pastoral alpine ecosystem forming a durable turf cover at 3000–6000 m a.s.l. Kobresia's resilience and competitiveness is based on dwarf habit, predominantly below-ground allocation of photo assimilates, mixture of seed production and clonal growth, and high genetic diversity. Kobresia growth is co-limited by livestock-mediated nutrient withdrawal and, in the drier parts of the plateau, low rainfall during the short and cold growing season. Overstocking has caused pasture degradation and soil deterioration over most parts of the Tibetan highlands and is the basis for this man-made ecosystem. Natural autocyclic processes of turf destruction and soil erosion are initiated through polygonal turf cover cracking, and accelerated by soil-dwelling endemic small mammals in the absence of predators. The major consequences of vegetation cover deterioration include the release of large amounts of C, earlier diurnal formation of clouds, and decreased surface temperatures. These effects decrease the recovery potential of Kobresia pastures and make them more vulnerable to anthropogenic pressure and climate change. Traditional migratory rangeland management was sustainable over millennia, and possibly still offers the best strategy to conserve and possibly increase C stocks in the Kobresia turf.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGerman Research Foundation [DFG SPP 1372]; Volkswagen Foundation [Marburg - Lhasa University Partnership Program]; the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF-CAME framework]; the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of Chinaen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsCC BY, This license lets you distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work, even commercially, as long as you credit the original creator for this work. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and useen_US
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dc.titleThe Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands - Origin, functioning and degradation of the world's largest pastoral alpine ecosystem: Kobresia pastures of Tibet.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
mus.citation.extentfirstpage754en_US
mus.citation.extentlastpage771en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleScience of the Total Environmenten_US
mus.citation.volume648en_US
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciencesen_US
mus.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.164en_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Agricultureen_US
mus.relation.departmentLand Resources & Environmental Sciences.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.data.thumbpage9en_US
mus.contributor.orcidGerken, Tobias|0000-0001-5617-186Xen_US


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