Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Model experiment description paper
25 Jan 2022
Model experiment description paper |  | 25 Jan 2022

Afforestation impact on soil temperature in regional climate model simulations over Europe

Giannis Sofiadis, Eleni Katragkou, Edouard L. Davin, Diana Rechid, Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudre, Marcus Breil, Rita M. Cardoso, Peter Hoffmann, Lisa Jach, Ronny Meier, Priscilla A. Mooney, Pedro M. M. Soares, Susanna Strada, Merja H. Tölle, and Kirsten Warrach Sagi


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on gmd-2021-69', Anonymous Referee #1, 01 Jun 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Giannis Sofiadis, 27 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on gmd-2021-69', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Jun 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Giannis Sofiadis, 27 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Giannis Sofiadis on behalf of the Authors (08 Nov 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Nov 2021) by Hisashi Sato
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (24 Nov 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (01 Dec 2021) by Hisashi Sato
AR by Giannis Sofiadis on behalf of the Authors (06 Dec 2021)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Afforestation is currently promoted as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy. In our study, we examine the differences in soil temperature and moisture between grounds covered either by forests or grass. The main conclusion emerged is that forest-covered grounds are cooler but drier than open lands in summer. Therefore, afforestation disrupts the seasonal cycle of soil temperature, which in turn could trigger changes in crucial chemical processes such as soil carbon sequestration.