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

  title={A Large and Persistent Carbon Sink in the World’s Forests},
  author={Yude Pan and Richard Birdsey and Jingyun Fang and Richard A. Houghton and Pekka E. Kauppi and Werner A. Kurz and Oliver L. Phillips and Anatoly Shvidenko and Simon L. Lewis and Josep G. Canadell and Philippe Ciais and Robert B. Jackson and Stephen W. Pacala and A. David McGuire and Shilong Piao and Aapo Rautiainen and Stephen A. Sitch and Daniel J. Hayes},
  pages={988 - 993}
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… 

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