Science Special - Forest Carbon Sequestration

It's Science Friday — our weekly installment of academic research on all things related to carbon removal. This week, we're focusing on biological carbon removal solutions through land management practices like reforestation and "carbon farming". Check out the links below for more information. 

This piece from Restoration Ecology by Locatelli et. al focuses on the benefits of reforestation and sustainable forest management "beyond carbon". Since forestry is often talked about as an important mitigation strategy for its carbon storage potential, these authors go one step further to understand how forestry can also be used to help vulnerable communities adapt to climate change and create valuable ecosystem services — highlighting the fact that increasing forest carbon stocks can be a "no regrets" strategy. 

Next, a research project by David M. Summers, examines the costs and benefits of reforestation in two methods: one with monoculture trees to maximize carbon stocks, and another with mixed tree species to maximize carbon stocks and biodiversity benefits. Read his conclusions and their application to climate change policy here

Our final article explores the potential of carbon sequestration on degraded agricultural land through afforestation. It looks to maximize carbon sequestration by looking at a number of parameters including species type and planting density. Work like this will be increasingly important to maximize the potential of forests on limited land. 

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