Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 4263–4274, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-4263-2021
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 4263–4274, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-4263-2021

Data description paper 31 Aug 2021

Data description paper | 31 Aug 2021

A global map of root biomass across the world's forests

Yuanyuan Huang et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Questions regarding reference depth', Bernhard Ahrens, 01 Apr 2021
  • RC1: 'A strong and interesting ms on new root biomass data product', Anonymous Referee #1, 29 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on essd-2021-25', Anonymous Referee #2, 05 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Yuanyuan Huang on behalf of the Authors (21 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (22 Jul 2021) by Yuyu Zhou
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (28 Jul 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (02 Aug 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (02 Aug 2021) by Yuyu Zhou
AR by Yuanyuan Huang on behalf of the Authors (03 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Aug 2021) by Yuyu Zhou
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Short summary
Roots play a key role in our Earth system. Here we combine 10 307 field measurements of forest root biomass worldwide with global observations of forest structure, climatic conditions, topography, land management and soil characteristics to derive a spatially explicit global high-resolution (~ 1 km) root biomass dataset. In total, 142 ± 25 (95 % CI) Pg of live dry-matter biomass is stored belowground, representing a global average root : shoot biomass ratio of 0.25 ± 0.10.