Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection

Ray G. Anderson, Josep G. Canadell, James T. Randerson, Robert B. Jackson, Bruce A Hungate, Dennis D. Baldocchi, George A. Ban-Weiss, Gordon B. Bonan, Ken Caldeira, Long Cao, Noah S. Diffenbaugh, Kevin R. Gurney, Lara M. Kueppers, Beverly E. Law, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, Thomas L. O'Halloran

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Abstract

Forestry - including afforestation (the planting of trees on land where they have not recently existed), reforestation, avoided deforestation, and forest management - can lead to increased sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide and has therefore been proposed as a strategy to mitigate climate change. However, forestry also influences land-surface properties, including albedo (the fraction of incident sunlight reflected back to space), surface roughness, and evapotranspiration, all of which affect the amount and forms of energy transfer to the atmosphere. In some circumstances, these biophysical feedbacks can result in local climate warming, thereby counteracting the effects of carbon sequestration on global mean temperature and reducing or eliminating the net value of climate-change mitigation projects. Here, we review published and emerging research that suggests ways in which forestry projects can counteract the consequences associated with biophysical interactions, and highlight knowledge gaps in managing forests for climate protection. We also outline several ways in which biophysical effects can be incorporated into frameworks that use the maintenance of forests as a climate protection strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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forestry
climate
climate change
surface roughness
afforestation
reforestation
energy transfer
deforestation
carbon sequestration
global warming
forest management
evapotranspiration
albedo
land surface
solar radiation
warming
carbon dioxide
planting
atmosphere
energy

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Anderson, R. G., Canadell, J. G., Randerson, J. T., Jackson, R. B., Hungate, B. A., Baldocchi, D. D., ... O'Halloran, T. L. (2011). Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9(3), 174-182. https://doi.org/10.1890/090179

Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. / Anderson, Ray G.; Canadell, Josep G.; Randerson, James T.; Jackson, Robert B.; Hungate, Bruce A; Baldocchi, Dennis D.; Ban-Weiss, George A.; Bonan, Gordon B.; Caldeira, Ken; Cao, Long; Diffenbaugh, Noah S.; Gurney, Kevin R.; Kueppers, Lara M.; Law, Beverly E.; Luyssaert, Sebastiaan; O'Halloran, Thomas L.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 9, No. 3, 04.2011, p. 174-182.

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Anderson, RG, Canadell, JG, Randerson, JT, Jackson, RB, Hungate, BA, Baldocchi, DD, Ban-Weiss, GA, Bonan, GB, Caldeira, K, Cao, L, Diffenbaugh, NS, Gurney, KR, Kueppers, LM, Law, BE, Luyssaert, S & O'Halloran, TL 2011, 'Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 174-182. https://doi.org/10.1890/090179
Anderson RG, Canadell JG, Randerson JT, Jackson RB, Hungate BA, Baldocchi DD et al. Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2011 Apr;9(3):174-182. https://doi.org/10.1890/090179
Anderson, Ray G. ; Canadell, Josep G. ; Randerson, James T. ; Jackson, Robert B. ; Hungate, Bruce A ; Baldocchi, Dennis D. ; Ban-Weiss, George A. ; Bonan, Gordon B. ; Caldeira, Ken ; Cao, Long ; Diffenbaugh, Noah S. ; Gurney, Kevin R. ; Kueppers, Lara M. ; Law, Beverly E. ; Luyssaert, Sebastiaan ; O'Halloran, Thomas L. / Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2011 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 174-182.
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