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    Author(s): Crystal L. Raymond; Donald McKenzie
    Date: 2014
    Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 310: 796-811
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    We quantified carbon (C) dynamics of forests in Washington, US using theoretical models of C dynamics as a function of forest age. We fit empirical models to chronosequences of forest inventory data at two scales: a coarse-scale ecosystem classification (ecosections) and forest types (potential vegetation) within ecosections. We hypothesized that analysis at the finer scale of forest types would reduce variability, yielding better fitting models. We fit models for three temporal dynamics: accumulation of live biomass, accumulation of dead biomass, and net primary productivity. We compared fitted model parameters among ecosections and among forest types to determine differences in potential C storage and uptake.

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    Raymond, Crystal L.; McKenzie, Donald. 2013. Temporal carbon dynamics of forests in Washington, US: implications for ecological theory and carbon management. Forest Ecology and Management. 310: 796-811.

    Keywords

    carbon, biomass, net primary productivity, forest management, Pacific Northwest

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