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Land, Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Fire can quickly change forest carbon stocks and landscape level carbon distribution, but few [...] Read more. Fire can quickly change forest carbon stocks and landscape level carbon distribution, but few studies have addressed the accuracy of carbon accounting for fire-killed trees. Using detailed vegetation maps, validation plots, fire histories, and Monte Carlo simulations, we estimated aboveground tree carbon along with the uncertainty of that estimate in Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Although many of our data inputs were more precise than those used in similar studies elsewhere, the uncertainty of the carbon estimates was still greater than ±10%. For carbon inventories to be used meaningfully in policy, more accurate landscape classification methods and improvement in allometric equations for tree species are needed. Unless uncertainties can be lowered, potential management actions that result in small calculated changes in landscape carbon may not be justifiable. Visit Paper here