Measuring carbon in forests: current status and future challenges

Measuring carbon in forests: current status and future challenges,10.1016/S0269-7491(01)00212-3,Environmental Pollution,Sandra Brown

Measuring carbon in forests: current status and future challenges   (Citations: 137)
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To accurately and precisely measure the carbon in forests is gaining global attention as countries seek to comply with agreements under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Established methods for measuring carbon in forests exist, and are best based on permanent sample plots laid out in a statistically sound design. Measurements on trees in these plots can be readily converted to aboveground biomass using either biomass expansion factors or allometric regression equations. A compilation of existing root biomass data for upland forests of the world generated a significant regression equation that can be used to predict root biomass based on aboveground biomass only. Methods for measuring coarse dead wood have been tested in many forest types, but the methods could be improved if a non-destructive tool for measuring the density of dead wood was developed. Future measurements of carbon storage in forests may rely more on remote sensing data, and new remote data collection technologies are in development.
Journal: Environmental Pollution - ENVIRON POLLUT , vol. 116, no. 3, pp. 363-372, 2002
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