subject: Nature Review Request - manuscript 2004-02-15482
Dear Dr. Briffa
I am writing in the hope that you may be able to provide some advice on a short manuscript submitted to Nature. The manuscript comes from Andrei Lapenis, Anatoly Shvidenko, Dmitry Shepashenko and is entitled "Disproportional allocation of carbon to green parts in the Russian forest from 1960 to 2000". Its first paragraph is pasted below.
Is this a paper you would be willing to review (hopefully within about two weeks of receiving it)? Should you be unable to review the manuscript for any reason, it would be helpful to us if you could suggest alternative referees.
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Dr Juliane C. Mossinger
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Disproportional allocation of carbon to green parts in the Russian forest from 1960 to 2000
Andrei Lapenis, Anatoly Shvidenko, Dmitry Shepashenko
Over the last four decades global changes in climate have eased
several critical constraints for boreal forest growth, thus
allowing for an increase in the net primary production1 and
accumulation of carbon in the growing stock2,3. It is not
known, however, how this carbon sink was distributed among the
various fractions of live forest biomass. Here we have
employed the most complete dataset for the Russian forest on
measurements of tree fractions at 3507 sample plots, and have
derived 1960-2000 trends in live biomass fractions of green
parts, stem wood as well as roots. Our calculations show an
increase in the allocation of carbon to green parts at the
expense of stem wood and roots. The increase of leaf to stem
wood ratio resolves a paradox between the reduced sensitivity
of tree rings to climate change4 and satellite data, which
demonstrate increased greening of the Northern Hemisphere5.
More importantly, our results explain the bias between ground-
and satellite-based estimates of carbon sink in the Russian
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