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A synthesis of the science on forests and carbon for U.S. ForestsAuthor(s): Michael G. Ryan; Mark E. Harmon; Richard A. Birdsey; Christian P. Giardina; Linda S. Heath; Richard A. Houghton; Robert B. Jackson; Duncan C. McKinley; James F. Morrison; Brian C. Murray; Diane E. Pataki; Kenneth E. Skog
Source: Ecological Society of America: Issues In Ecology. 13:1-16.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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DescriptionForests play an important role in the U.S. and global carbon cycle, and carbon sequestered by U.S. forest growth and harvested wood products currently offsets 12-19% of U.S. fossil fuel emissions. The cycle of forest growth, death, and regeneration and the use of wood removed from the forest complicate efforts to understand and measure forest carbon pools and flows. Our report explains these processes and examines the science behind mechanisms proposed for increasing the amount of carbon stored in forests and using wood to offset fossil fuel use. We also examine the tradeoffs, costs, and benefits associated with each mechanism and explain how forest carbon is measured.
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CitationRyan, Michael G.; Harmon, Mark E.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Giardina, Christian P.; Heath, Linda S.; Houghton, Richard A.; Jackson, Robert B.; McKinley, Duncan C.; Morrison, James F.; Murray, Brian C.; Pataki, Diane E.; Skog, Kenneth E. 2010. A synthesis of the science on forests and carbon for U.S. Forests. Ecological Society of America: Issues In Ecology. 13: 1-16.
Keywordsglobal carbon cycle, forest carbon pools, processes, mechanisms
- Do carbon offsets work? The role of forest management in greenhouse gas mitigation
- Forests and carbon storage
- Forest carbon changes of the United States in response to impacts of disturbances, succession, climate variability and atmospheric chemistry
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