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Carbon benefits from Forest Transitions promoting biomass expansions and thickening

Kauppi, Pekka E. and Ciais, Philippe and Högberg, Peter and Nordin, Annika and Lappi, Juha and Lundmark, Tomas and Wernick, Iddo K. (2020). Carbon benefits from Forest Transitions promoting biomass expansions and thickening. Global Change Biology. 26 , 5365-5370
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Abstract

The growth of the global terrestrial sink of carbon dioxide has puzzled scientists for decades. We propose that the role of land management practices-from intensive forestry to allowing passive afforestation of abandoned lands-have played a major role in the growth of the terrestrial carbon sink in the decades since the mid twentieth century. The Forest Transition, a historic transition from shrinking to expanding forests, and from sparser to denser forests, has seen an increase of biomass and carbon across large regions of the globe. We propose that the contribution of Forest Transitions to the terrestrial carbon sink has been underestimated. Because forest growth is slow and incremental, changes in the carbon density in forest biomass and soils often elude detection. Measurement technologies that rely on changes in two-dimensional ground cover can miss changes in forest density. In contrast, changes from abrupt and total losses of biomass in land clearing, forest fires and clear cuts are easy to measure. Land management improves over time providing important present contributions and future potential to climate change mitigation. Appreciating the contributions of Forest Transitions to the sequestering of atmospheric carbon will enable its potential to aid in climate change mitigation.

Authors/Creators:Kauppi, Pekka E. and Ciais, Philippe and Högberg, Peter and Nordin, Annika and Lappi, Juha and Lundmark, Tomas and Wernick, Iddo K.
Title:Carbon benefits from Forest Transitions promoting biomass expansions and thickening
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:26
Page range:5365-5370
Number of Pages:6
ISSN:1354-1013
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:forest transitions, global carbon budget, missing sink, sustainable forestry, terrestrial ecosystems
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107718
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-107718
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1111/gcb.15292
Web of Science (WoS)000560838700001
ID Code:17936
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management
(S) > Dept. of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
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Deposited On:27 Oct 2020 11:10
Metadata Last Modified:27 Oct 2020 11:11

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