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How to estimate forest carbon for large areas from inventory dataAuthor(s): James E. Smith; Linda S. Heath; Peter B. Woodbury
Source: Journal of Forestry. July/August: 25-31.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionCarbon sequestration through forest growth provides a low-cost approach for meeting state and national goals to reduce net accumulations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Total forest ecosystem carbon stocks include "pools" in live trees, standing dead trees, understory vegetation, down dead wood, forest floor, and soil. Determining the level of carbon stocks in'forest ecosystems has become a concern of governments, businesses, and many organizations. This article provides examples of inventory-based calculations and identifies resources that are available for analysts and planners to develop large-scale carbon estimates consistent with totals for US forests. Estimates can be based on current regional averagesclassified according to region, forest type, ownership, or stand size class; on stand-level inventory data, measured or calculated; or on locally specific information, such as individual tree sizes or other data acquired from sampling a specific forest.
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CitationSmith, James E.; Heath, Linda S.; Woodbury, Peter B. 2004. How to estimate forest carbon for large areas from inventory data. Journal of Forestry. July/August: 25-31.
Keywordsclimate change, sequestration
- Measuring and modeling carbon stock change estimates for US forests and uncertainties from apparent inter-annual variability
- The zero inflation of standing dead tree carbon stocks
- National inventories of down and dead woody material forest carbon stocks in the United States: Challenges and opportunities
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