CarboScen

A tool to estimate carbon implications of land-use scenarios

Markku Larjavaara, Markku Tapani Kanninen, Syed Ashraful Alam, Antti Mäkinen, Christopher Poeplau

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Abstract

Land use directly impacts ecosystem carbon and indirectly influences
atmospheric carbon. Computing ecosystem carbon for an area experiencing
changes in land use is not trivial, as carbon densities change slowly after
land-use changes. We developed a tool, CarboScen, to estimate ecosystem
carbon in landscapes. It is a simple tool typically used with an annual time
step, and is based on carbon pools and densities. It assumes that carbon
density asymptotically approaches a value, which is set for the land-use
type in question. We recommend CarboScen for landscapes with spatially
relatively homogenous soils and climate, multiple land uses, and changes
between these leading to slow changes in carbon densities because either
soil organic carbon is included in the analysis or afforestation occurs.
Thanks to its simplicity, it is particularly suitable for participatory planning,
rapid assessment of REDD+ project potential, and educational use.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcography
Volume40
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)894–900
Number of pages7
ISSN1600-0587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry
  • Calculator
  • CO2
  • Forest
  • tropical trees
  • Balance
  • SEQUESTRATION
  • AFFORESTATION
  • DEFORESTATION
  • Emissions
  • BIOMASS
  • MODELS
  • GROWTH

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CarboScen : A tool to estimate carbon implications of land-use scenarios. / Larjavaara, Markku; Kanninen, Markku Tapani; Alam, Syed Ashraful; Mäkinen, Antti; Poeplau, Christopher.

In: Ecography, Vol. 40, No. 7, 28.02.2017, p. 894–900 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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