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Assessment of North American Forest Carbon Dynamics: Tools for Monitoring, Reporting, and Projecting

Photo of International working group meeting in Coyoacan, Mexico. NOTE: I have several other nice group photos. They all highlight our diversity. Vanessa Silva Mascorro, University of British ColumbiaInternational working group meeting in Coyoacan, Mexico. NOTE: I have several other nice group photos. They all highlight our diversity. Vanessa Silva Mascorro, University of British ColumbiaSnapshot : Forest Service scientists and cooperators assessed past and prospective carbon stocks for representative study sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico and analyzed the effects of natural disturbance, climate change, and management. The results of their research informs climate change mitigation policies in the three countries using consistent methods and highlights some of the more promising opportunities for public and private land managers to participate in programs that reduce emissions or increase carbon stocks in forests.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Birdsey, Richard 
Research Location : All of North America
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 848

Summary

The forests of North America play an important role in the global greenhouse gas balance by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it in forest ecosystems and in products manufactured from harvested wood. Scientists from the Northern Research Station and cooperators from Canada and Mexico (sponsored by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation) worked to improve methods for assessing changes in forest carbon stocks of North America, and to develop tools for estimating, reporting, and projecting past and future forest greenhouse gas balances as affected by natural disturbances, forest management, and land-use change. Such information lays the foundation for policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration by forests. The policies include the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and increasing carbon stocks through sustainable forest management. The scientists compiled satellite and land inventory data, and tested computer models at study sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their results describe how different remotely sensed data and processing algorithms affect the mapping of areas affected by activities such as natural disturbances and harvesting, and the capabilities of different ecosystem models to assess the impacts of disturbances on productivity and carbon stocks.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)