Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Data description paper
29 Jul 2022
Data description paper |  | 29 Jul 2022

Aridec: an open database of litter mass loss from aridlands worldwide with recommendations on suitable model applications

Agustín Sarquis, Ignacio Andrés Siebenhart, Amy Theresa Austin, and Carlos A. Sierra

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Plant litter breakdown in aridlands is driven by processes different from those in more humid ecosystems. A better understanding of these processes will allow us to make better predictions of future carbon cycling. We have compiled aridec, a database of plant litter decomposition studies in aridlands and tested some modeling applications for potential users. Aridec is open for use and collaboration, and we hope it will help answer newer and more important questions as the database develops.