Century Trends in the Volume Balance of Boreal Forests: Implications for Global CO2 Balance

  • Allan N. D. Auclair
  • Julie A. Bedford
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 124)


Considerable uncertainty exists on the actual carbon budget of the boreal forest, and of its response to changes in global climate. These features have assumed considerable importance in light of ongoing, rapid changes in temperature at high latitudes (Jones and Wigley, 1990; Mitchell et al., 1990). North and south limits of the boreal forest are separated by 2 to 4°C, suggesting that the existing trees could be adversely impacted. Loss of boreal forest in Canada and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) would be significant to their economies. In addition, large-scale fires (Auclair and Carter, 1993) and dieback (Neilson, 1990; Turner et al., 1993) may feedback C to the atmosphere through the release of transient pulses of CO2.


Boreal Forest Fire Suppression Forest Tundra Tree Growth Rate International Geosphere Biosphere Programme 
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