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

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John M. Kimble, Rattan Lal, Richard Birdsey, Linda S. Heath
CRC Press, Sep 25, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 448 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction and General Description of US Forests
3
Chapter 2 Current and Historical Trends in Use Management and Disturbance of US Forestlands
15
A Context for the Role of Soils in Forest Carbon Sequestration
35
Chapter 4 Quantifying the Organic Carbon Held in Forested Soils of the United States and Puerto Rico
47
Chapter 5 Techniques to Measure and Strategies to Monitor Forest Soil Carbon
73
Soil Processes and Carbon Dynamics
91
Chapter 6 Carbon Cycling in Forest Ecosystems with an Emphasis on Belowground Processes
93
Chapter 7 Forest Soil Ecology and Soil Organic Carbon
109
Chapter 15 Management Impact on Compaction in Forest Soils
239
Specific Forest Ecosystems
257
Chapter 16 Soil Carbon in PermafrostDominated Boreal Forests
259
Chapter 17 Soil Carbon Distribution in HighElevation Forests of the United States
279
Chapter 18 Soil Carbon in Arid and Semiarid Forest Ecosystems
293
Chapter 19 Carbon Cycling in Wetland Forest Soils
311
Chapter 20 Carbon Storage in North American Agroforestry Systems
333
Chapter 21 Soil Carbon in Urban Forest Ecosystems
347

Chapter 8 Global Change and Forest Soils
127
Chapter 9 Processes Affecting Carbon Storage in the Forest Floor and in Downed Woody Debris
135
Chapter 10 Impacts of Natural Disturbance on Soil Carbon Dynamics in Forest Ecosystems
159
Management Impacts on US Forest Soils
173
Chapter 11 Soil Erosion in Forest Ecosystems and Carbon Dynamics
175
Chapter 12 Impact of Soil Restoration Management and LandUse History on ForestSoil Carbon
191
Chapter 13 Fire and FireSuppression Impacts on ForestSoil Carbon
201
Challenges and Opportunities
211
Chapter 22 Soil Organic Carbon in Tropical Forests of the United States of America
363
Synthesis and Policy Implications
383
Chapter 23 The Potential of US Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon
385
Chapter 24 Economic Analysis of Soil Carbon in Afforestation and Forest Management Decisions
395
Chapter 25 Research and Development Priorities for Carbon Sequestration in Forest Soils
409
Index
421
Back cover
431
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