The role of wood harvest from sustainably managed forests in the carbon cycle

Key message

We investigate the flux balance of managed and protected forests and the effects of using wood.
– Flux parameters of CO2 uptake and respiration do not differ between managed and protected forests.
– Accounting of harvest as immediate emission by IPCC guidelines results in a bias of forest climate mitigation towards storage and neglects the avoidance of fossil-fuel use by wood use.

Keywords
Bioenergy; Climate; Carbon cycle; Wood-use for products and energy; Carbon storage; Atmospheric carbon dioxide; Biodiversity

Publication
Schulze, E.D., Bouriaud, O., Irslinger, R. et al. The role of wood harvest from sustainably managed forests in the carbon cycle. Annals of Forest Science 79, 17 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-022-01127-x

Data and/or Code availability
The datasets generated in this study are available from the corresponding author on request.

Handling Editor
Erwin Dreyer

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