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Forest ecosystems and carbon storage
2002 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In the face of changing climatic conditions due to the greenhouse effect and increasing atmospheric CO2 concentrations, possible reactions and alterations of the biosphere have become “hot topics” in the past 2 decades. The diverse global ecosystems are expected to response in various and different ways to the changes. Forest ecosystems are given a special importance in regard to that topic- they have the potential to help mitigating climate change by taking up certain amounts of carbon. The intention of this paper was a) to investigate if and in how far CO2 uptake and storage varies between different species, and b) to examine if Forest Management can help to enhance carbon storage potentials of forest ecosystems. By the means of a literature survey it has been found that species show distinct differences in their carbon uptake rates, as well as in the amount of carbon being stored in tree biomass. Individual species’ responses to Climate Change cannot be predicted with certainty at present, but a general increase in photosynthesis rates and a decrease in stomata conductance is expected for all species. Forest managers will have to draw conclusions from species-specific responses in order to make decisions that are compatible to changed conditions in the future. In general, Forest Management was found to have a potential influence on forest carbon storage capacity. Nevertheless, it has to be pointed out that carbon storage in vegetation is not infinite and therefore cannot be considered a final solution in tackling the carbon emission issue.

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2002. , 20 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-54443Local ID: MIV C-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-54443DiVA: diva2:1103171
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Environmental Science
Available from: 2017-05-30 Created: 2017-05-30

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