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Forest carbon changes of the United States in response to impacts of disturbances, succession, climate variability and atmospheric chemistry

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2008

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In: Proceedings of the International Conference of IUFRO-8.01.02 Landscape Ecology: 136-137.

Abstract

U.S. forests and forest products currently offset about 20% of the nation's fossil fuel emissions. Two of the most significant recent scientific findings cast doubt on the sustainability of this offset. First, there are clear indications that the strength of the U.S. forest carbon offset is weakening due to increasing forest age, climate variability, and increasing natural disturbances. Second, climate change is expected to further increase frequencies of natural disturbances in forest ecosystems, consequently influencing forest carbon pools in a significant way.

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Pan, Yude; Birdsey, Richard; Chen, Jing; McCullough, kevin. 2008. Forest carbon changes of the United States in response to impacts of disturbances, succession, climate variability and atmospheric chemistry. In: Proceedings of the International Conference of IUFRO-8.01.02 Landscape Ecology: 136-137.

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