Journal Highlights

Strong biotic influences on regional patterns of climate regulation services

Editor's Highlights—

 

A number of biogeochemical fluxes – from carbon sequestration to water balance – are also ecosystem services. This paper links the two in an assessment of the factors that influence ecosystems services provided by temperate forests. Specifically, the authors perform a statistical analysis of forest inventory data, various climatological metrics, and soil and canopy characteristics, to identify variables with explanatory power for gridded estimates of albedo, evapotranspiration, net primary productivity (from remote sensing), and soil organic carbon (from a global database) based on data from forests in the eastern United States.