A Large and Persistent Carbon Sink in the World’s Forests

@article{Pan2011ALA,
  title={A Large and Persistent Carbon Sink in the World’s Forests},
  author={Y. Pan and R. Birdsey and J. Fang and R. Houghton and P. Kauppi and W. Kurz and O. Phillips and A. Shvidenko and S. Lewis and J. Canadell and P. Ciais and R. B. Jackson and S. Pacala and A. D. McGuire and S. Piao and A. Rautiainen and S. Sitch and D. Hayes},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={333},
  pages={988 - 993}
}
  • Y. Pan, R. Birdsey, +15 authors D. Hayes
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine, Environmental Science
  • Science
  • Net average global annual uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide by forests was 1.1 petagrams of carbon, roughly one-sixth of fossil fuel emissions. The terrestrial carbon sink has been large in recent decades, but its size and location remain uncertain. Using forest inventory data and long-term ecosystem carbon studies, we estimate a total forest sink of 2.4 ± 0.4 petagrams of carbon per year (Pg C year–1) globally for 1990 to 2007. We also estimate a source of 1.3 ± 0.7 Pg C year–1 from… CONTINUE READING

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