Articles | Volume 3, issue 3
SOIL, 3, 123–137, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-3-123-2017
SOIL, 3, 123–137, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-3-123-2017
Original research article
08 Aug 2017
Original research article | 08 Aug 2017

Spatial variability in soil organic carbon in a tropical montane landscape: associations between soil organic carbon and land use, soil properties, vegetation, and topography vary across plot to landscape scales

Marleen de Blécourt et al.

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We examined the spatial variability in SOC in a 10 000 ha landscape in SW China. The spatial variability in SOC was largest at the plot scale (1 ha) and the associations between SOC and land use, soil properties, vegetation, and topographical attributes varied across plot to landscape scales. Our results show that sampling designs must consider the controlling factors at the scale of interest in order to elucidate their effects on SOC against the variability within and between plots.