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Land Cover Change and Soil Carbon Regulating Ecosystem Services in the State of South Carolina, USA

Ecosystem services (ES) are the benefits people obtain from nature, which fall into three categories: provisioning, regulation/maintenance, and cultural. Ecosystem disservices are damages which can be of natural and/or anthropogenic origin. Traditional ES land cover analysis focuses primarily on land cover changes without integration of specific soil types and their properties [9]. Integration of land cover analysis with soil types allows the identification of hotspots of ES/ED and its temporal changes. The present study hypothesizes that pedodiversity concepts overlaid with administrative units (e.g., state) and changes in land cover can be used to identify land cover patterns of soil carbon hotspots for sustainable management.

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