Visualizing carbon storage of harvested and burned forests
There is growing interest in documenting the capacity of forest ecosystems to sequester atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change. New research at the Rocky Mountain Research Station has developed a process to visualize how harvested and burned stands contribute to overall carbon storage over different time scales. Called ForCaMF (Forest Carbon Management Framework), this framework applies a stand-level forest carbon simulation tool - the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) - spatially across vegetation and disturbance history maps. ForCaMF has been piloted in Montana, and is currently being implemented in the Northern Rockies Region of the National Forest System as part of a project supported in part by NASA.
More information is available in an upcoming Station publication Forest Carbon Decision Support through Probabilistic Interpretation of Widely Available Monitoring Data.