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Modeling carbon sequestration and timber production in a regional case study

Backéus, Sofia and Wikström, Peder and Lämås, Tomas (2006). Modeling carbon sequestration and timber production in a regional case study. Silva Fennica. 40 :4 , 615-629
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Forests make up large ecosystems and by the uptake of carbon dioxide can play an important role in mitigating the greenhouse effect. In this study, mitigation of carbon emissions through carbon uptake and storage in forest biomass and the use of forest biofuel for fossil fuel substitution were considered. The analysis was performed for a 3.2 million hectare region in northern Sweden. The objective was to maximize net present value for harvested timber, biofuel production and carbon sequestration. A carbon price for build-up of carbon storage and for emissions from harvested forest products was introduced to achieve an economic value for carbon sequestration. Forest development was simulated using an optimizing stand-level planning model, and the solution for the whole region was found using linear programming. A range of carbon prices was used to study the effect on harvest levels and carbon sequestration. At a zero carbon price, the mean annual harvest level was 5.4 million m3, the mean annual carbon sequestration in forest biomass was 1.48 million tonnes and the mean annual replacement of carbon from fossil fuel with forest biofuel was 61 000 tonnes. Increasing the carbon price led to decreasing harvest levels of timber and decreasing harvest levels of forest biofuel. Also, thinning activities decreased more than clear-cut activities when the carbon prices increased. The level of carbon sequestration was governed by the harvest level and the site productivity. This led to varying results for different parts of the region.

Authors/Creators:Backéus, Sofia and Wikström, Peder and Lämås, Tomas
Title:Modeling carbon sequestration and timber production in a regional case study
Series Name/Journal:Silva Fennica
Year of publishing :2006
Page range:615-629
Publisher:Finnish Society of Forest Science, Finnish Forest Research Institute
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Other scientific
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Plant production > Forestry
Keywords:Boreal Forest, Carbon sequestration, Forest biofuel, Forest management planning, Optimization
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ID Code:4069
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Deposited By: Sofia Backeus
Deposited On:04 Nov 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:12 Sep 2017 07:16

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