Forest cover and biodiversity in forested habitats around the world
By Peter WiebePublished September 27, 2018, 1:05:45The amount of vegetation in a forested area has increased by more than 20 percent over the past century, but the total amount of carbon stored in that forest has also increased.
The carbon sequestration rate of forest is much higher than that of non-forest areas, a new study has found.
The study was published in Nature Climate Change.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University in Zurich examined carbon sequestrations and carbon stocks of forest ecosystems across the world.
They found that the carbon storage rate of forests varies greatly by species.
For example, the carbon stored by forest can be more than twice as large as the carbon of a single tree, and about two-thirds as large if the tree is a species that is more susceptible to fire and drought.
The new study focused on carbon stocks in forests that were not currently considered forests because they are typically not logged and not logged at the same time.
The researchers also compared forest carbon stocks between different types of ecosystems, including forests of different species.
The researchers found that carbon storage rates varied greatly in the different types and ecosystems.
The main difference between the carbon stocks stored in different types is that carbon is stored in higher amounts in forests with fewer species.
But the carbon contained in these forests is less dense, and therefore less carbon can be stored.
For that reason, the researchers conclude that the rate of carbon storage is lower in forests of fewer species, such as in wetlands.
The findings have important implications for the conservation of biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest.
A study published last year in Nature Ecology and Evolution found that as carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere increase, the number of species in an ecosystem declines.
This makes it more difficult to manage ecosystems.
However, the authors found that in the case of the Amazon, the forest carbon stock was stable.
This meant that the amount of tree carbon stored could be maintained at a rate that was lower than that observed in ecosystems that have a higher number of tree species.
This new study shows that while forest carbon storage varies widely in different ecosystems, it is likely to increase with increasing tree species and with a reduction in the number and size of nonforest vegetation.
The authors suggest that this could be due to the fact that the forest canopy is not continuously replaced by new vegetation as it does in other regions of the world, and that carbon stored is sequestered in different locations, such that the changes in the carbon stores in different regions can be compensated by changes in forest cover.