Forests | Magazine Articles | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011 |

Changing Forest Carbon

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...

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