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Methods for calculating forest ecosystem and harvested carbon with standard estimates for forest types of the United StatesAuthor(s): James E. Smith; Linda S. Heath; Kenneth E. Skog; Richard A. Birdsey
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-343. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 216 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThis study presents techniques for calculating average net annual additions to carbon in forests and in forest products. Forest ecosystem carbon yield tables, representing stand-level merchantable volume and carbon pools as a function of stand age, were developed for 51 forest types within 10 regions of the United States. Separate tables were developed for afforestation and reforestation. Because carbon continues to be sequestered in harvested wood, approaches to calculate carbon sequestered in harvested forest products are included. Although these calculations are simple and inexpensive to use, the uncertainty of results obtained by using representative average values may be high relative to other techniques that use site- or project-specific data. The estimates and methods in this report are consistent with guidelines being updated for the U.S. Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program and with guidelines developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The CD-ROM included with this publication contains a complete set of tables in spreadsheet format.
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CitationSmith, James E.; Heath, Linda S.; Skog, Kenneth E.; Birdsey, Richard A. 2006. Methods for calculating forest ecosystem and harvested carbon with standard estimates for forest types of the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-343. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 216 p.
Keywordsforest carbon sequestration project, harvested wood carbon, carbon yield tables, stock change, voluntary reporting
- Managed forest carbon estimates for the US greenhouse gas inventory, 1990-2008
- Carbon sequestration in the U.S. forest sector from 1990 to 2010
- A synthesis of the science on forests and carbon for U.S. Forests
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