Offset of the potential carbon sink from boreal forestation by decreases in surface albedo

  title={Offset of the potential carbon sink from boreal forestation by decreases in surface albedo},
  author={Richard A. Betts},
  • R. Betts
  • Published 9 November 2000
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
Carbon uptake by forestation is one method proposed to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere and so limit the radiative forcing of climate change. But the overall impact of forestation on climate will also depend on other effects associated with the creation of new forests. In particular, the albedo of a forested landscape is generally lower than that of cultivated land, especially when snow is lying, and decreasing albedo exerts a positive radiative forcing on climate. Here I… Expand
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