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CARBON BALANCE OF THE ALASKAN BOREAL FOREST
Dept. of Forest Sciences, University of Alaska,
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7200.
Determination of the carbon balance in a broad forest region like
the Alaskan boreal forest requires the development of a number of
important environmental (state factors) classes to allow for the
development of carbon balance estimates. We have used the following
factors to develop a regional classification of the state: (1) average
monthly temperature May through September (Approximate growing season);
(2) total precipitation May through September; and (3) the domain,
division and province levels of the ecoregions classification of
Alaska (see McNab and Avers 1994).
In addition the following classifications to further subdivide
and describe the boreal forest regions of the state are being developed:
(1) seasonal land cover classification is being developed by the
USGS EROS field office in Anchorage; and (2) age structure of the
vegetation in the forest areas.
A forest dynamics model (GAFED) for the Alaskan boreal forest will
be run to determine the effects of anticipated global change on
the carbon dynamics within the regions of the biogeoclimatic classification.
This approach should result in an accurate representation of the
carbon dynamics of the forest within an area of land the size of