CarboScen : A tool to estimate carbon implications of land-use scenarios

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Larjavaara , M , Kanninen , M T , Alam , S A , Mäkinen , A & Poeplau , C 2017 , ' CarboScen : A tool to estimate carbon implications of land-use scenarios ' , Ecography , vol. 40 , no. 7 , pp. 894–900 . https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02576

Title: CarboScen : A tool to estimate carbon implications of land-use scenarios
Author: Larjavaara, Markku; Kanninen, Markku Tapani; Alam, Syed Ashraful; Mäkinen, Antti; Poeplau, Christopher
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2017-02-28
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Ecography
ISSN: 1600-0587
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/208842
Abstract: Land use directly impacts ecosystem carbon and indirectly influences atmospheric carbon. Computing ecosystem carbon for an area experiencing changes in land use is not trivial, as carbon densities change slowly after land-use changes. We developed a tool, CarboScen, to estimate ecosystem carbon in landscapes. It is a simple tool typically used with an annual time step, and is based on carbon pools and densities. It assumes that carbon density asymptotically approaches a value, which is set for the land-use type in question. We recommend CarboScen for landscapes with spatially relatively homogenous soils and climate, multiple land uses, and changes between these leading to slow changes in carbon densities because either soil organic carbon is included in the analysis or afforestation occurs. Thanks to its simplicity, it is particularly suitable for participatory planning, rapid assessment of REDD+ project potential, and educational use.
Subject: 4112 Forestry
Calculator
CO2
Forest
tropical trees
Balance
SEQUESTRATION
AFFORESTATION
DEFORESTATION
Emissions
BIOMASS
MODELS
GROWTH
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