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Title: Carbon Dynamics in Canada's Managed Forests from 1991 to 2006: A Comparison of InTEC and CBM
Authors: Zhang, Beiping
Advisor: Chen, Jing Ming
Department: Geography
Keywords: Carbon modelling
Climate change
Forest carbon dynamics
Canada's managed forests
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2010
Abstract: This study examined the annual C balance and its shifting trend in Canada’s managed forests from 1991 to 2006 using the Integrated Terrestrial Ecosystem C-budget (InTEC) model. During this period, Canada’s managed forests remained a moderate C sink of 58 Mt C yr¬¬¬-1 on average, but displayed an apparent trend of shifting towards a C source. The combined risk of climate change and increased disturbances are weakening the C sink in Canada’s managed forests. This study also compared the results from InTEC with those from CBM-CFS (Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector) at both national and regional levels. InTEC shows larger inter-annual variability and regional difference than CBM-CFS due to its incorporation of both disturbance and non-disturbance factors. In comparison, CBM-CFS3 has likely underestimated both the true C loss and the C sink potential of Canada’s managed forests, given that it does not account for the non-disturbance factors.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19016
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