say it's too soon to say what the long-term effects of climate change on carbon stocks will be. More study is needed in the form of continued monitoring as the Arctic continues warming and additional experiments that alter temperatures over the long-term. These results highlight the need for long-term studies as earlier results from similar experiments found different short-term responses, Gough said.
"This is what happened over this time period, but will it hold? We don't know," Gough said.
Co-authors on the work were from UC Santa Barbara, Colorado State University and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. A press release from UC Santa Barbara is available here: http://www.ia.ucsb.edu/pa/display.aspx?pkey=3013.
Posted May 28, 2013