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Title: ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes

Abstract

Forests play an influential role in the global carbon (C) cycle, storing roughly half of terrestrial C and annually exchanging with the atmosphere more than ten times the carbon dioxide (CO 2) emitted by anthropogenic activities. Yet, scaling up from ground-based measurements of forest C stocks and fluxes to understand global scale C cycling and its climate sensitivity remains an important challenge. Tens of thousands of forest C measurements have been made, but these data have yet to be integrated into a single database that makes them accessible for integrated analyses. Here we present an open-access global Forest Carbon database (ForC) containing records of ground-based measurements of ecosystem-level C stocks and annual fluxes, along with disturbance history and methodological information. ForC expands upon the previously published tropical portion of this database, TropForC (DOI: 10.5061/dryad.t516f), now including 17,538 records (previously 3568) representing 2,731 plots (previously 845) in 826 geographically distinct areas (previously 178). The database covers all forested biogeographic and climate zones, represents forest stands of all ages, and includes 89 C cycle variables collected between 1934 and 2015. We expect that ForC will prove useful for macroecological analyses of forest C cycling, for evaluation of model predictions or remote sensingmore » products, for quantifying the contribution of forests to the global C cycle, and for supporting international efforts to inventory forest carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. A dynamic version of ForC-db is maintained at https://github.com/forc-db, and we encourage the research community to collaborate in updating, correcting, expanding, and utilizing this database.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal Virginia 22630 USA; Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama Republic of Panama
  2. Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal Virginia 22630 USA
  3. Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, College Park Maryland 20740 USA
  4. Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois 61801 USA
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1455250
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-131388
Journal ID: ISSN 0012-9658; KP1703020
DOE Contract Number:
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Ecology; Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 6
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Wang, Maria M. H., McGarvey, Jennifer C., Herrmann, Valentine, Tepley, Alan J., Bond-Lamberty, Ben, and LeBauer, David S.. ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/ecy.2229.
Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Wang, Maria M. H., McGarvey, Jennifer C., Herrmann, Valentine, Tepley, Alan J., Bond-Lamberty, Ben, & LeBauer, David S.. ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes. United States. doi:10.1002/ecy.2229.
Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Wang, Maria M. H., McGarvey, Jennifer C., Herrmann, Valentine, Tepley, Alan J., Bond-Lamberty, Ben, and LeBauer, David S.. Fri . "ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes". United States. doi:10.1002/ecy.2229.
@article{osti_1455250,
title = {ForC: a global database of forest carbon stocks and fluxes},
author = {Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J. and Wang, Maria M. H. and McGarvey, Jennifer C. and Herrmann, Valentine and Tepley, Alan J. and Bond-Lamberty, Ben and LeBauer, David S.},
abstractNote = {Forests play an influential role in the global carbon (C) cycle, storing roughly half of terrestrial C and annually exchanging with the atmosphere more than ten times the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by anthropogenic activities. Yet, scaling up from ground-based measurements of forest C stocks and fluxes to understand global scale C cycling and its climate sensitivity remains an important challenge. Tens of thousands of forest C measurements have been made, but these data have yet to be integrated into a single database that makes them accessible for integrated analyses. Here we present an open-access global Forest Carbon database (ForC) containing records of ground-based measurements of ecosystem-level C stocks and annual fluxes, along with disturbance history and methodological information. ForC expands upon the previously published tropical portion of this database, TropForC (DOI: 10.5061/dryad.t516f), now including 17,538 records (previously 3568) representing 2,731 plots (previously 845) in 826 geographically distinct areas (previously 178). The database covers all forested biogeographic and climate zones, represents forest stands of all ages, and includes 89 C cycle variables collected between 1934 and 2015. We expect that ForC will prove useful for macroecological analyses of forest C cycling, for evaluation of model predictions or remote sensing products, for quantifying the contribution of forests to the global C cycle, and for supporting international efforts to inventory forest carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. A dynamic version of ForC-db is maintained at https://github.com/forc-db, and we encourage the research community to collaborate in updating, correcting, expanding, and utilizing this database.},
doi = {10.1002/ecy.2229},
journal = {Ecology},
number = 6,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Apr 27 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
month = {Fri Apr 27 00:00:00 EDT 2018}
}