Quantifying carbon stores and decomposition in dead wood: A review


Russell, M.B., Fraver, S., Aakala, T., Gove, J.H., Woodall, C.W., D'Amato, A,W, & Ducey, M.J.

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Forest Ecology and Management
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An eastern white pine log decaying at the Harvard Pisgah Tract in southwestern New Hampshire, a remnant of the 1938 New England Hurricane. Photo credit: Chris Woodall
Publication summary: 

The amount and dynamics of forest dead wood (both standing and downed) has been quantified by a variety of approaches throughout the forest science and ecology literature. Differences in the sampling and quantification of dead wood can lead to differences in our understanding of forests and their role in the sequestration and emissions of CO2, as well as in developing appropriate strategies for achieving dead wood-related objectives, including biodiversity protection, and procurement of forest bioenergy feedstocks. A thorough understanding of the various methods available for quantifying dead wood stores and decomposition is critical for comparing studies and drawing valid conclusions.

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