Huge Carbon Sequestration Potential in Global Forests

  • 1 Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Received date: 2012-04-05

  Revised date: 2012-05-14

  Online published: 2012-09-27

Supported by

the National Basic Research Program of China (2010CB833504), the CAS Strategic Priority Research Program(XDA05050600), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30590381)


Forests play an important role in mitigating climate change by absorbing carbon from atmosphere.The global forests sequestrated 2.4±0.4 PgCy-1 from 1990 to 2007, while the quantitative assessment on the carbon sequestration potential (CSP) of global forests has much uncertainty.We collected and compiled a database of site above-ground biomass (AGB) of global mature forests, and obtained AGB carbon carrying capacity (CCC) of global forests by interpolating global mature forest site data.The results show that:(i) at a global scale, the AGB of mature forests decline mainly from tropical forests to boreal forests, and the maximum AGB occurs in middle latitude regions; (ii) temperature and precipitation are main factors influencing the AGB of mature forests; and (iii) the above-ground biomass CCC of global forests is about 586.2±49.3 Pg C, and with CSP of 313.4 Pg C.Therefore, achieving CCC of the existing forests by reducing human disturbance is an option for mitigating greenhouse gas emission.

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LIU Yingchun, YU Guirui, WANG Qiufeng, ZHANG Yangjian . Huge Carbon Sequestration Potential in Global Forests[J]. Journal of Resources and Ecology, 2012 , 3(3) : 193 -201 . DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2012.03.001


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