Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks

  title={Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks},
  author={Sebastiaan Luyssaert and Ernst‐Detlef Schulze and Annett B{\"o}rner and Alexander Knohl and Dominik Hessenm{\"o}ller and Beverly E. Law and Philippe Ciais and John Grace},
Old-growth forests remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at rates that vary with climate and nitrogen deposition. The sequestered carbon dioxide is stored in live woody tissues and slowly decomposing organic matter in litter and soil. Old-growth forests therefore serve as a global carbon dioxide sink, but they are not protected by international treaties, because it is generally thought that ageing forests cease to accumulate carbon. Here we report a search of literature and databases for… 

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