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A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States


McKinley, Duncan C.; Ryan, Michael G.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Giardina, Christian P.; Harmon, Mark E.; Heath, Linda S.; Houghton, Richard A.; Jackson, Robert B.; Morrison, James F.; Murray, Brian C.; Pataki, Diane E.; Skog, Kenneth E. 2010. A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States. Ecological Applications. 21(6): 1902-1924.

Using forests to mitigate climate change has gained much interest in science and policy discussions. We examine the evidence for carbon benefits, environmental and monetary costs, risks and trade-offs for a variety of activities in three general strategies: (1) land use change to increase forest area (afforestation) and avoid deforestation; (2) carbon management in existing forests; and (3) the use of wood as biomass energy, in place of other building materials, or in wood products for carbon storage.

Keywords: afforestation, avoided deforestation, carbon emission offsets, carbon storage and sequestration, disturbance risk, greenhouse gas mitigation, intensive silviculture, substitution, urban forestry, wood biomass energy, wood products


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: A synthesis of current knowledge on forests and carbon storage in the United States
Electronic Publish Date: September 19, 2011
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September 19, 2011

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