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PRESTO: online calculation of carbon in harvested wood products

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Hoover, Coeli M.; Beukema, Sarah J.; Robinson, Donald C.E.; Kellock, Katherine M.; Abraham, Diana A.

Year Published

2014

Publication

GTR-NRS-141. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 20 p.

Abstract

Carbon stored in harvested wood products is recognized under international carbon accounting protocols, and some crediting systems may permit the inclusion of harvested wood products when calculating carbon sequestration. For managers and landowners, however, estimating carbon stored in harvested wood products may be difficult. PRESTO (PRoduct EStimation Tool Online) is a Web-based tool that enables users to easily estimate the carbon stored in harvested wood products and the changes in this quantity over time. The tool may be used in an exploratory mode to examine the impacts of changing the amounts of longer- and shorter-lived products, or with specific harvest data to produce stand-level reports. The methods used are consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Good Practice Guidance, as well as U.S. voluntary carbon accounting guidelines.

Citation

Hoover, Coeli M.; Beukema, Sarah J.; Robinson, Donald C.E.; Kellock, Katherine M.; Abraham, Diana A. 2014. PRESTO: online calculation of carbon in harvested wood products. GTR-NRS-141. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 20 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-141.

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