a three-volume "series" that previously covered soil
carbon in croplands and grazing lands. Much attention has been
given to aboveground biomass and its potential as a carbon sink,
but in mature forest ecosystems 40 to 60 percent of the stored
carbon is below ground. As increasing numbers of forests are being
managed in diverse climates and soils, the importance of forest
soils a potential carbon sink grows.
This book provides researchers and policy makers
with an understanding of soil processes and their relation to
carbon dynamics, as well as the strategies to monitor, and the
techniques to measure forest soil carbon. It covers the effects
of management on soils in a wide range of forest ecosystems together
with policy options that are effective and benefit both the forest
community and the overall environment.
provides forest managers, urban planners,
land owners, policy makers, and the general public with guidance
that will allow for a holistic approach to land management, environmental
quality, and improved forest productivity.