Computer simulation of long term carbon storage patterns in florida usa slash pine pinus elliottii plantations

Cropper, W.P.Jr; Ewel, K.C.

Forest Ecology and Management 6(2): 101-114


ISSN/ISBN: 0378-1127
Accession: 005027793

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A computer model was developed to simulate C storage in managed slash pine plantations in Florida. The model is based on ecosystem level C dynamics and land use data structured by age class of planted trees. Based on a scenario of constant planting at the average level (1952-1979), Florida slash pine forests would store C at the rate of 2.81 .times. 106 t t yr-1. However, simulated C storage is sensitive to the age class distribution of the forests. There will be a 106 t yr-1 decrease in C storage between 1980 and 1987, due to reduced levels of planting during the past decade. This trend is relatively independent of current planting levels.