Forests and Climate Change: Forcings, Feedbacks, and the Climate Benefits of Forests

  title={Forests and Climate Change: Forcings, Feedbacks, and the Climate Benefits of Forests},
  author={Gordon B. Bonan},
  pages={1444 - 1449}
  • G. Bonan
  • Published 13 June 2008
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
The world's forests influence climate through physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect planetary energetics, the hydrologic cycle, and atmospheric composition. These complex and nonlinear forest-atmosphere interactions can dampen or amplify anthropogenic climate change. Tropical, temperate, and boreal reforestation and afforestation attenuate global warming through carbon sequestration. Biogeophysical feedbacks can enhance or diminish this negative climate forcing. Tropical… 

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