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Mapped Atmosphere-Plant-Soil System Study

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MAPSS Home > Publications > Abstract: Sohngen et al 1998



Sohngen, B.; Mendelsohn, R.; Neilson, R. 1997. Predicting CO2 emissions from forests during climatic change: a comparison of natural and human response models. Ambio. 27(7): 509-513.

This paper compares transient carbon fluxes to and from forests during climatic change in a pure natural model of ecosystem adjustment and also in a model that captures the human response to these changes. Both models incorporate forest dieback and regeneration, forest redistribution, and changes in ecosystem production during climatic change. The natural model predicts that forested ecosystems in the United States will release 2.5 to 6.3 petragrams (trillion kilograms) of carbon during the next 7 decades under climatic change. The model including human response shows that markets will mitigate, and even reverse, these fluxes by managing some forests for timber and storing carbon in wood products.

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