Special Issue "The Role of Forests for Carbon Capture and Storage"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2012).
Interests: forest carbon stocks and changes; carbon modelling and validation; forest inventory; remote sensing and lidar; impact of disease on growth; forest production and nutrient cycling; impacts of climate change; land use change and forestry
Forests are important carbon reservoirs. At the same time, deforestation will release substantial amounts of carbon. The international community is expecting land owners and managers to play a key role in using forests to capture more carbon in the effort to mitigate climate change.
Policy at international and national government levels through, for example, the Kyoto Protocol and REDD+ activities provide motivation. How successful are policy initiatives and what should be done differently to encourage carbon capture? How well can forest carbon stocks and stock-changes be efficiently assessed, and how valid are the estimates provided at a country level to the UNFCCC or for forest ownerships within a national scheme such as the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme? Fast growing forests can capture carbon quickly but just as easily emit it with short rotations. Natural forests under continuous cover management or conservation can be a permanent carbon sink, but may take a long time to increase the level of growing stock to make a significant difference. What are the modifications to management and harvest planning where Carbon storage is a management objective? What are the potential risks in the future associated with using forests for carbon capture and how are these risks to be mitigated?
We are seeking papers from all around the world on these important questions. This special issue will provide an opportunity to publish the scientific results of research and practice on the past, current and future role of forests to capture and store carbon.
Dr. Peter N. Beets
Dr. Chris Goulding
- carbon reservoir assessment
- permanence of forest sinks
- reference levels
- forest management
- carbon stock changes