Soil responses to manipulated precipitation changes: A synthesis of meta-analyses

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By Akane O. Abbasi1, Alejandro Salazar1, Youmi Oh1, Sabine Reinsch2, Maria del Rosario Uribe1, Jianghanyang Li1, Irfan Rashid3, Jeffrey S. Dukes1

1. Purdue University 2. UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 3. University of Kashmir

We collected 16 meta-analyses published prior to April 2019 that examined soil responses to manipulated precipitation changes. This is the data of these meta-analyses, including effect sizes, confidence intervals, and sample sizes of 42 soil...

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In the face of ongoing and projected precipitation changes, precipitation manipulation experiments have produced a wealth of data about the effects of precipitation changes on soils. In response, researchers have undertaken a number of synthetic efforts. Several meta-analyses have been conducted, each revealing new aspects of soil responses to precipitation changes. We synthesize the findings of 16 meta-analyses focused on the effects of decreased and increased precipitation on 42 soil response variables, covering a wide range of soil processes and examining responses of individual variables as well as more integrative responses of carbon and nitrogen cycles.

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