By R Mohanraj and J Saravanan
The author is Asst. Professor, Department of Environmental Management, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. email@example.com
Under elevated CO2 conditions a possibility of decomposition occurring more than net primary production, leading to a loss of carbon, is predicted in some forest regions. A micro level study undertaken in the small mountain range of Kolli, located in the Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu, points towards an enhanced need to measure carbon stock deterioration amidst the struggle to fend off anthropogenic disturbances.
Forest ecosystems play a crucial role in global carbon cycles, acting as a sink and a source. Forests form an active carbon pool that accounts for 60 per cent of carbon storage in the earth’s land surface. Therefore, dynamics of carbon in forest vegetation and soils are significant in terms of global climate change policy framework. The rate of carbon absorption is greatest in the earliest stages of growth and regeneration, and declines as forests mature. Tropical forests dominate the...