Articles | Volume 10, issue 5
Research article
30 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 30 Sep 2016

Effects of bryophyte and lichen cover on permafrost soil temperature at large scale

Philipp Porada, Altug Ekici, and Christian Beer


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AR by Philipp Porada on behalf of the Authors (12 May 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Jun 2016) by Cathy Wilson
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (27 Jun 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Sep 2016) by Cathy Wilson
AR by Philipp Porada on behalf of the Authors (15 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Bryophyte and lichen cover on the forest floor at high latitudes insulates the ground and thus decreases soil temperature. This can protect permafrost soil, stabilising it against global warming. To quantify the insulating effect, we integrate a novel, process-based model of bryophyte and lichen growth into the global land surface model JSBACH. We find an average cooling effect of the bryophyte and lichen cover of 2.7 K, which implies a significant impact on soil temperature at high latitudes.