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Title: Carbon sequestration, optimum forest rotation and their environmental impact

Abstract

Due to their large biomass forests assume an important role in the global carbon cycle by moderating the greenhouse effect of atmospheric pollution. The Kyoto Protocol recognises this contribution by allocating carbon credits to countries which are able to create new forest areas. Sequestrated carbon provides an environmental benefit thus must be taken into account in cost-benefit analysis of afforestation projects. Furthermore, like timber output carbon credits are now tradable assets in the carbon exchange. By using British data, this paper looks at the issue of identifying optimum felling age by considering carbon sequestration benefits simultaneously with timber yields. The results of this analysis show that the inclusion of carbon benefits prolongs the optimum cutting age by requiring trees to stand longer in order to soak up more CO{sub 2}. Consequently this finding must be considered in any carbon accounting calculations. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Carbon sequestration in forestry is an environmental benefit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It moderates the problem of global warming. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It prolongs the gestation period in harvesting. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This paper uses British data in less favoured districts for growing Sitka spruce species.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Department of Economics, Bahcesehir University, Besiktas, Istanbul (Turkey)
  2. Department of Business Studies, Bahcesehir University, Besiktas, Istanbul (Turkey)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22131066
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 37; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIOMASS; CARBON CYCLE; CARBON DIOXIDE; CARBON SEQUESTRATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; FORESTRY; FORESTS; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; KYOTO PROTOCOL; SPRUCES; UNITED KINGDOM

Citation Formats

Kula, Erhun, E-mail: erhun.kula@bahcesehir.edu.tr, and Gunalay, Yavuz, E-mail: yavuz.gunalay@bahcesehir.edu.tr. Carbon sequestration, optimum forest rotation and their environmental impact. United States: N. p., 2012. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.08.007.
Kula, Erhun, E-mail: erhun.kula@bahcesehir.edu.tr, & Gunalay, Yavuz, E-mail: yavuz.gunalay@bahcesehir.edu.tr. Carbon sequestration, optimum forest rotation and their environmental impact. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.08.007.
Kula, Erhun, E-mail: erhun.kula@bahcesehir.edu.tr, and Gunalay, Yavuz, E-mail: yavuz.gunalay@bahcesehir.edu.tr. Thu . "Carbon sequestration, optimum forest rotation and their environmental impact". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.08.007.
@article{osti_22131066,
title = {Carbon sequestration, optimum forest rotation and their environmental impact},
author = {Kula, Erhun, E-mail: erhun.kula@bahcesehir.edu.tr and Gunalay, Yavuz, E-mail: yavuz.gunalay@bahcesehir.edu.tr},
abstractNote = {Due to their large biomass forests assume an important role in the global carbon cycle by moderating the greenhouse effect of atmospheric pollution. The Kyoto Protocol recognises this contribution by allocating carbon credits to countries which are able to create new forest areas. Sequestrated carbon provides an environmental benefit thus must be taken into account in cost-benefit analysis of afforestation projects. Furthermore, like timber output carbon credits are now tradable assets in the carbon exchange. By using British data, this paper looks at the issue of identifying optimum felling age by considering carbon sequestration benefits simultaneously with timber yields. The results of this analysis show that the inclusion of carbon benefits prolongs the optimum cutting age by requiring trees to stand longer in order to soak up more CO{sub 2}. Consequently this finding must be considered in any carbon accounting calculations. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Carbon sequestration in forestry is an environmental benefit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It moderates the problem of global warming. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It prolongs the gestation period in harvesting. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This paper uses British data in less favoured districts for growing Sitka spruce species.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2011.08.007},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = ,
volume = 37,
place = {United States},
year = {2012},
month = {11}
}