Controls on Annual Forest Carbon Storage: Lesson from the Past and Predictions for the Future [Supplementary Material]

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Title: Controls on Annual Forest Carbon Storage: Lesson from the Past and Predictions for the Future [Supplementary Material]
Creators: Gough, Christopher M.; Vogel, Christoph; Schmid, Hans Peter; Curtis, Peter S.
Keywords: forests
carbon
climate change
succession
disturbance
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: American Institute of Biological Sciences
Abstract: The temperate forests of North America may play an important role in future carbon (C) sequestration strategies. New multi-year ecosystem-scale C cycling studies are providing a process-level understanding of the factors controlling annual forest C storage. Using a combination of ecological and meteorological methods, we quantified the response of annual C storage to historically widespread disturbances, forest succession, and climate variation in a common forest type of the upper Great Lakes region. At our study site in Michigan, repeated clear-cut harvesting and fire disturbance resulted in a lasting decrease in annual forest C storage. However, climate variation exerts a strong control on C storage as well, and future climate change may substantially reduce annual C storage by these forests. Annual C storage varies through ecological succession by rising to a maximum and then slowly declining in old-growth stands. Effective forest C sequestration requires the management of all C pools, including traditionally managed pools such as bole wood and also harvest residues and soils.
Description: Supplement for: Controls on annual forest carbon storage: Lessons from the past and predictions for the future by Christopher M. Gough, Christoph S. Vogel, Hans Peter Schmid, and Peter S. Curtis published in BioScience.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/31687
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