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Simple models of the role of forests and wood products in greenhouse gas mitigation

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Moroni, MT, Simple models of the role of forests and wood products in greenhouse gas mitigation, Australian Forestry, 76, (1) pp. 50-57. ISSN 0004-9158 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/00049158.2013.776921

Abstract

The exchange of carbon, primarily as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, between forests and the atmosphere, gives forest managers opportunities to limit greenhouse gas emissions through forest management. Options available to forest managers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions include 1) storing carbon in landscapes, 2) storing carbon in wood products, and 3) providing society with a low-emissions resource (wood products) to substitute for alternative materials associated with larger emissions. To evaluate the trade-off between storing carbon in forests and providing society with wood products, the dynamics of each option must be understood. Here, the above options are explained using simple models analogous to reservoirs and safes. Reservoirs are used to represent dynamic systems, such as forest and wood product carbon stocks, and the irreversible substitution effect, where emissions are avoided through the use of wood, is shown as analogous to placing avoided emissions in a safe.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:forests, carbon, storage, policy, greenhouse gases, models
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Forestry Sciences
Research Field:Forestry Management and Environment
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate Change Models
Author:Moroni, MT (Dr Martin Moroni)
ID Code:116645
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-05-15
Last Modified:2017-05-15
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