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Managing Forest Carbon in a Changing Climate

  • Mark S. Ashton
  • Mary L. Tyrrell
  • Deborah Spalding
  • Bradford Gentry


  • A unique synthesis of forest carbon science, management and policy of what we know and what we do not know

  • A comprehensive review of current thinking with recommendations for research

  • A set of guidelines and recommendations for forest carbon management and policy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Lauren Goers, Mark S. Ashton, Mary L. Tyrrell
    Pages 1-4
  3. The Science of Forest Carbon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Samuel P. Price, Mark A. Bradford, Mark S. Ashton
      Pages 7-30
    3. Kristofer R. Covey, Joseph Orefice, Xuhui Lee
      Pages 31-49
    4. Kyle Meister, Mark S. Ashton, Dylan Craven, Heather Griscom
      Pages 51-75
    5. Mary L. Tyrrell, Jeffrey Ross, Matthew Kelty
      Pages 77-107
    6. Brian Milakovsky, Brent Frey, Thomas James
      Pages 109-135
  4. Measuring Carbon in Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Xin Zhang, Yong Zhao, Mark S. Ashton, Xuhui Lee
      Pages 139-164
    3. Deborah Spalding, Elif Kendirli, Chadwick Dearing Oliver
      Pages 165-179
  5. The Management of Carbon in Forests and Forest Products

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Cecilia Del Cid-Liccardi, Tim Kramer, Mark S. Ashton, Bronson Griscom
      Pages 183-204
    3. Matthew Carroll, Brian Milakovsky, Alex Finkral, Alexander Evans, Mark S. Ashton
      Pages 205-226
    4. Thomas Hodgman, Jacob Munger, Jefferson S. Hall, Mark S. Ashton
      Pages 227-255
    5. Christopher Larson, Jeffrey Chatellier, Reid Lifset, Thomas Graedel
      Pages 257-282
  6. Socioeconomic and Policy Considerations for Carbon Management in Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Benjamin Blom, Ian Cummins, Mark S. Ashton
      Pages 285-304
    3. Lauren Goers, Janet Lawson, Eva Garen
      Pages 305-320
    4. Lisa Henke, Caitlin O’Brady, Deborah Spalding, Mary L. Tyrrell
      Pages 321-336

About this book


The goal of this volume is to provide guidance for advanced students, land managers and policymakers seeking to understand the complex science and policy of forest carbon as it relates to tangible problems of forest management and the more abstract problems of addressing drivers of deforestation and negotiating policy frameworks for reducing emissions from forests. It is an attempt at a comprehensive state-of-the-art review, encompassing the science of carbon sequestration in forests, management of forests for carbon and other values, and the socio-economic and policy implications and challenges of managing forests for carbon.

Forests are critical to mitigating the effects of global climate change because they are large storehouses of carbon and have the ability to continually absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But today, emissions from land use, land use change, and forestry, mostly due to deforestation in the tropics, are estimated at 17% of total annual global CO2 emissions, a figure larger than the transportation sector. While the basic principles of the carbon cycle are well known, there are significant uncertainties about the actual behavior of many of its sinks and sources. Much work has been done on the science of forest carbon, deforestation, and various climate policy responses, however, what is lacking is a comprehensive review of all aspects of the challenge. This book provides such a review by taking a holistic perspective on the subject. By creating a publication that outlines the research that has been done on forest carbon, pointing out what we know and what we don’t know, and the implications for policy decisions.


Carbon Sequestration and Storage Climate Change Global Forests Management REDD+ and Carbon Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark S. Ashton
    • 1
  • Mary L. Tyrrell
    • 2
  • Deborah Spalding
    • 3
  • Bradford Gentry
    • 4
  1. 1., School of Forestry and Environmental StuYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2., School of Forestry and Environmental StuYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3., School of Forestry and Environmental StuYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  4. 4., School of Forestry and Environmental StuYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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