First sign of carbon sink saturation in European forest biomass

G.J. Nabuurs, M. Lindner, P.J. Verkerk, K. Gunia, P. Deda, R. Michalak, G. Grassi

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Abstract

European forests are seen as a clear example of vegetation rebound in the Northern Hemisphere; recovering in area and growing stock since the 1950s, after centuries of stock decline and deforestation. These regrowing forests have shown to be a persistent carbon sink, projected to continue for decades, however, there are early signs of saturation. Forest policies and management strategies need revision if we want to sustain the sink.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-796
Number of pages5
JournalNature Climate Change
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • old-growth forests

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