Canadian Forest Service Publications
Predicting forest soil carbon fluxes. 2013. Webster, K. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Frontline Express 71.
Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 34922
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Plain Language Summary
This two-page note gives an overview of research into measuring carbon in forest soils. Soils are a significant source of carbon, so accurate estimates of the amount of carbon held in and released from soils is important for reporting purposes. Currently, forest topography is uniformly classified in the carbon accounting model. Some topographic features are significant in terms of carbon release, so estimates can be improved by strategic mapping. By understanding carbon fluxes on a small scale, soil respiration rates can be estimated at the landscape level. Approaches that lead to more accurate estimates of soil carbon pools will become increasingly useful as Canada’s forests adjust to climate change. This work supports the government’s mandate to report on carbon stocks as part of responsible management of Canada’s forests.