Canadian Forest Service Publications

Spatially explicit forest carbon stock change accounting: approach, implementation, and data requirements. 2005. Stinson, G.; Kurz, W.A.; Tinis, S.; Paradine, D.; Leckie, D.G. Pages 78-86 in M. Mitsuo and K. Hidesato, editors. Proceedings of a workshop on practical national forest inventory systems to meet the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, November 15-16, 2004, Tokyo. Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 29985

Language: English

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The Kyoto Protocol requires separate reporting of carbon (C) stock changes associated with land-use change (Article 3.3) and forest management (Article 3.4). National C accounting systems must therefore provide the capability to identify lands subject to different accounting rules and to track C stock changes on these lands. A spatially explicit approach to forest C accounting provides a framework for integration of spatial data and modelling tools so that the accounting requirements of the Kyoto Protocol can be met. A spatially explicit approach was tested on a 1.4 million-ha landscape in Canada using a spatially explicit version of the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). CBM-CFS3 estimates C stocks and stock changes in above- and below-ground living biomass, dead wood, litter, and soil organic matter. The spatially explicit modeling approach used in the CBM-CFS3 enables detailed mapping of lands that are subject to the accounting rules in Article 3.3 and Article 3.4. Carbon stock changes can be estimated following Approach 3 for representing land areas (spatially explicit observations), as defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry.