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
- Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory
Last Modified: 07/13/2017