All aspects of forests and land management contain or affect carbon. Live trees (both aboveground and roots), standing dead trees (including roots), down dead wood, forest floor carbon, and soil contain carbon. Harvesting releases carbon, and, also transfers carbon in wood to products, landfills. Wood burned for energy in place of fossil fuels helps mitigate carbon in the atmosphere because it provides energy and then the trees regrow and take up the released carbon again. Fires release carbon, and may also convert wood to charcoal, which keeps carbon captured for a long time. Land use change and other disturbances also release carbon. Even urban forests play a role in the carbon cycle either by sequestration by trees or by thoughtful placement around buildings for summer shading that reduces the need for cooling, resulting in decreased emissions.
Many NRS scientists study an aspect of carbon in forests, in all themes.
Major Carbon Science and Applications Studies
- National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for US Forests
- Tools for Carbon Inventory, Management and Reporting
Climate Change Continuing Education Webinar Series
Spring Semester 2009
This webinar series will run from January - May and feature monthly presentations geared to help land managers, consulting foresters, and private forest landowners stay informed on the latest science and tech transfer tools related to forest-based adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Each webinar is an hour long, including Q & A, although there will be an optional additional 15 minute Q & A period. Each webinar counts as one hour of continuing education credit for certified foresters.
Last Modified: 10/09/2009