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Title: Carbon sequestration in harvested wood products

Author: Skog, K.;

Date: 2013

Source: In: Inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sinks: 1990-2011. USEPA #430-R-13-001. Wash, DC: 7-13 to 7-25; Annex 3 Section 3.12. 67 p

Publication Series: Book

Description: Carbon is continuously cycled among these storage pools and between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere as a result of biological processes in forests (e.g., photosynthesis, respiration, growth, mortality, decomposition, and disturbances such as fires or pest outbreaks) and anthropogenic activities (e.g., harvesting, thinning, clearing, and replanting). As trees photosynthesize and grow, C is removed from the atmosphere and stored in living tree biomass. As trees die and otherwise deposit litter and debris on the forest floor, C is released to the atmosphere and also is transferred to the soil by organisms that facilitate decomposition.

Keywords: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, emission inventory, global warming, climate change, land use, forestry, carbon sink, Chapter 7 Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry, United States, greenhouse gas emissions, GHG

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Skog, K. 2013. Carbon sequestration in harvested wood products. In: Land use, land-use change, and forestry. In: Inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and sinks: 1990-2011. USEPA #430-R-13-001. Wash, DC: 7-13 to 7-25; Annex 3 Section 3.12. 67 p.


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