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FROM VOLUME 6, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1993

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS...
CARBON STORAGE IN BIOMASS: TEMPERATE REGIONS


Item #d93sep44

"Impacts of Alternative Forest Management Policies on Carbon Sequestration on U.S. Timberlands," L.S. Heath (USDA For. Serv., Radnor PA 19087), R.A. Birdsey, World Resources Review, 5(2), 171-179, June 1993.

Applies the Carbon Budget Model and econometric models of the forest sector to five 50-year scenarios: base; two tree planting programs; and two scenarios that feature increased recycling. Increased recycling may be as beneficial at storing carbon as tree planting programs of several million hectares.


Item #d93sep45

Correspondence to Nature, 362(6417), p. 200, Mar. 18, 1993, argues for altering EC agricultural policy to encourage carbon sequestration on land qualifying for set-aside subsidies.


Item #d93sep46

"Sequestering Carbon on Agricultural Land: Social Cost and Impacts on Timber Markets," R.M. Adams (Dept. Agric. Econ., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis OR 97331), D.M. Adams et al., Contemp. Policy Issues, XI(1), Jan. 1993.

Uses linked models of the U.S. agricultural sector and softwood economy to analyze alternative carbon sequestration goals. Finds a range of positive and negative outcomes for forest owners, agricultural producers and consumers. Large tree planting programs would require financial mechanisms for preventing farmers from displacing present tree plantations.


Item #d93sep47

"Carbon Fluxes Resulting from U.S. Private Timberland Management," A.J. Plantinga (Dept. For., Univ. California, Berkeley CA 94720), R.A. Birdsey, Clim. Change, 23(1), 37-53, Jan. 1993.

Develops a carbon budget model that incorporates the demand for wood products and its impact on management decisions, and tracks carbon in timber removals through processing and disposal. In a base scenario through 2040, carbon storage in private lands increases, but this increase is offset by carbon emissions resulting from harvesting.


Item #d93sep48

"Carbon Sources and Sinks in Forest Biomes of the Former Soviet Union," T.P. Kolchugina (Dept. Civil Eng., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis OR 97331), T.S. Vinson, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 7(2), 291-304, June 1993.

The analysis considers forest extent and productivity, peat accumulation, and effects of forest fires and human influences. The forest biomes are a net sink of 465 Mt C/year of atmospheric carbon, equivalent to half the annual fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the region and about 75% of the carbon released from deforestation in subtropical areas. (See also next entry.)


Item #d93sep49

"Equilibrium Analysis of Carbon Pools and Fluxes of Forest Biomes in the Former Soviet Union," T.P. Kolchugina (addr. immed. above), T.S. Vinson, Can. J. For. Res., 23(1), Jan. 1993.

Finds that net primary productivity of Soviet forest biomes exceeds industrial CO2 emissions by a factor of four, representing about 7% of the global terrestrial carbon turnover. Carbon stores in phytomass and soils are about 16% that of the world's terrestrial ecosystems.

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