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    Author(s): Timothy A. Robards
    Date: 2012
    Source: In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 7-13.
    Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    This study used USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plot data, forest growth models, wildland fire emission estimates and timber harvest data to estimate the live tree carbon storage and flux of California's forests and woodlands. Approximately 30 Tg C02e per year was estimated as the annual flux for all California forests. The forest inventory components not analyzed here may reduce this to about 28 Tg C02e per year. Over 80 percent of the annual net sequestration was estimated to come from public forestlands; however the private lands forest growth was likely underestimated given the growth models that were used. Suggestions for continued improvements in forest carbon inventory estimates include more accurate projections, biomass function improvements, continued FIA data collection, and spatial data analysis of change from natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

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    Robards, Timothy A. 2012. Current forest and woodland carbon storage and flux in California: An estimate for the 2010 statewide assessment. In: McWilliams, Will; Roesch, Francis A. eds. 2012. Monitoring Across Borders: 2010 Joint Meeting of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Symposium and the Southern Mensurationists. e-Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-157. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 7-13.

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