A new paradigm of quantifying ecosystem stress through chemical signatures

Ben Kravitz, Alex B. Guenther, Lianhong Gu, Thomas Karl, Lisa Kaser, Stephen G. Pallardy, Josep Peñuelas, Mark J. Potosnak, Roger Seco

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    Stress-induced emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from terrestrial ecosystems may be one of the dominant sources of VOC emissions worldwide. Understanding the ecosystem stress response could reveal how ecosystems will respond and adapt to climate change and, in turn, quantify changes in the atmospheric burden of VOC oxidants and secondary organic aerosols. Here, we argue, based on preliminary evidence from several opportunistic measurement sources, that chemical signatures of stress can be identified and quantified at the ecosystem scale. We also outline future endeavors that we see as next steps toward uncovering quantitative signatures of stress, including new advances in both VOC data collection and analysis of "big data.".
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1559
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


    • Chemical signatures
    • Ecosystem
    • Stress
    • Volatile organic compounds

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