Rapid carbon accumulation within an unmanaged, mixed, temperate woodland

Hale, Karen, Spencer, M, Peterken, George F, Mountford, Edward P and Bradshaw, Richard HW ORCID: 0000-0002-7331-2246
(2019) Rapid carbon accumulation within an unmanaged, mixed, temperate woodland. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 34 (3). pp. 208-217.

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Forest carbon stocks have increased in both Europe and North America in recent decades. National forest inventories are often used to indicate recent carbon dynamics, but the data from unmanaged forests are often incomplete. Here we calculate changing biomass carbon stocks for a mixed, unmanaged British woodland with two different management histories: (1) older growth stands untouched since 1902 and (2) younger growth stands clear felled in 1943 but have developed naturally since. Transects in the older growth have been monitored since 1945 and the younger growth since 1977. Separate estimates of tree carbon (C), soil C and dead wood C were obtained to verify how C is apportioned in these stands. Tree biomass C stocks had approximately doubled in the older growth stands since 1945 and 60% of C was stored in tree biomass, 38% was stored in soil and 2% stored in coarse woody debris. This study suggests that natural older growth stands are storing more C than typical managed forests, with tree biomass the most important compartment for C stores. If management is to be shifted from biomass production to increased C stores, due consideration should be given to the role of unmanaged, older growth forests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carbon stocks, soil carbon, dead wood carbon, Lady Park Wood, semi-natural forest, long-term monitoring, permanent transects
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 10:38
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:03
DOI: 10.1080/02827581.2019.1575975
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3032943