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The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect

Edited By: John M Kimble, Rattan Lal, Richard Birdsey and Linda S Heath

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2002 | #128332 | ISBN: 1566705835
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About this book

Much attention has been given to above ground biomass and its potential as a carbon sink, but in a mature forest ecosystem 40 to 60 percent of the stored carbon is below ground. As increasing numbers of forests are managed in a wide diversity of climates and soils, the importance of forest soils as a potential carbon sink grows. The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect provides researchers and policy makers with an understanding of soil processes and their relation to carbon dynamics, as well as strategies to monitor and techniques to measure forest soil carbon. It covers the effects of management on soils in a wide range of forest ecosystems together with policy options that are effective and benefit both the forest community and the over all environment. This valuable reference provides forest managers, urban planners, land owners, policy makers, and the general public with guidance that will allow for a holistic approach to land management, environmental quality, and improved forest productivity.


Contents

THE EXTENT, GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS, AND CARBON DYNAMICS OF U.S. FOREST SOILS Introduction and General Description of US Forests, J.M. Kimble, R.A. Birdsey, R. Lal, and L.S. Heath Current and Historical Trends in use, Management and Disturbance of United States Forest Lands, R.A. Birdsey and G.M. Lewis Carbon Trends in US Forest Lands: A Context for the Role of Soils in Forest Carbon Sequestration, L.S. Heath, J.E. Smith and R.A. Birdsey Quantifying the Organic Carbon Held in Forested Soils of the United States and Puerto Rico, M. Johnson and J. Kern Techniques to Measure and Strategies to Monitor Forest Soil Carbon, C. Palmer SOILS PROCESSES AND CARBON DYNAMICS Carbon Cycling in Forest Ecosystems with an Emphasis on Belowground Processes, K.S. Pregitzer Forest Soil Ecology and Soil Organic Carbon, S.J. Morris and E.A. Paul Global Change and Forest Soils, J. Hom Processes Affecting Carbon Storage in the Forest Floor and in Downed Woody Debris, W.S. Currie, R.D. Yanai, K.B. Piatek, C.E. Prescott, and C.L. Goodale Impacts of Natural Disturbance on Soil Carbon Dynamics in Forest Ecosystems, S.T. Overby, S.C. Hart, and D.G. Neary MANAGEMENT IMPACTS ON US FOREST SOILS Soil Erosion in Forest Ecosystems and Carbon Dynamics, W.J. Elliot Impact of Soil Restoration, Management, and Land Use History on Forest Soil Carbon, W. M. Post Fire and Fire Suppression Impacts on Forest Soil Carbon D. Page-Dumroese, M. Jurgensen and A. Harvey Soil Carbon Sequestration and Forest Management: Challenges and Opportunities, C.M. Hoover Management Impacts on Compaction in Forest Soils, R. Lal SPECIFIC FOREST ECOSYSTEMS Soil Carbon in Permafrost Dominated Boreal Forests, J. Hom Soil Carbon Distribution in High-Elevation Forests of the U.S.A., J.G. Bockheim Soil Carbon in Arid and Semiarid Forest Ecosystems, D.G. Neary, S.T. Overby and S.C. Hart Carbon Cycling in Wetland Forest Soils, C. Trettin and M.F. Jurgensen Carbon Storage in North American Agroforestry Systems, P.K. Nair and V.D. Nair Soil Carbon in Urban Forest Ecosystems, R. Pouyat, J. Russell-Anelli, I. Yesilonis, and P.M. Groffman Soil Organic Carbon in Tropical Forests of the United States of America, W.L. Silver, A.E. Lugo, and D. Farmer SYNTHESIS AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon, L.S. Heath, J.M. Kimble, R.A. Birdsey, and R. Lal Economic Analysis of Soil Carbon in Afforestation and Forest Management Decisions, B. Sohngen, R. Alig, and Suk-won Choi Research and Development Priorities for Carbon Sequestration in Forest Soils, R. Lal

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