Consistent land- and atmosphere-based U.S. carbon sink estimates.

  title={Consistent land- and atmosphere-based U.S. carbon sink estimates.},
  author={Stephen W Pacala and George C. Hurtt and David Baker and Philippe Peylin and Richard A. Houghton and Richard A. Birdsey and Livio Heath and Eric T. Sundquist and Robert F. Stallard and Philippe Ciais and Paul Moorcroft and John P. Caspersen and Elena Shevliakova and Barry Moore and Gundolf Kohlmaier and Elisabeth A. Holland and Manuel M Gloor and Mark E. Harmon and S. M. Fan and Jorge Louis Sarmiento and Christine L. Goodale and David Schimel and Christopher B. Field},
  volume={292 5525},
For the period 1980-89, we estimate a carbon sink in the coterminous United States between 0.30 and 0.58 petagrams of carbon per year (petagrams of carbon = 10(15) grams of carbon). The net carbon flux from the atmosphere to the land was higher, 0.37 to 0.71 petagrams of carbon per year, because a net flux of 0.07 to 0.13 petagrams of carbon per year was exported by rivers and commerce and returned to the atmosphere elsewhere. These land-based estimates are larger than those from previous… CONTINUE READING
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