Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Biogeosciences, 13, 375–388, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-375-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 375–388, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-375-2016

Research article 19 Jan 2016

Research article | 19 Jan 2016

The relative contributions of forest growth and areal expansion to forest biomass carbon

P. Li et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Aug 2015) by Christopher A. Williams
AR by Peng Li on behalf of the Authors (07 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (01 Nov 2015) by Christopher A. Williams
AR by Peng Li on behalf of the Authors (14 Nov 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (23 Nov 2015) by Christopher A. Williams
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (06 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Jan 2016) by Christopher A. Williams
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Our findings suggest that the mechanisms underlying the carbon sinks for natural and planted forests of China differ markedly with various effects from areal expansion and increase in carbon density. The increasing trend in the relative contribution of forest growth to carbon sinks for planted forests highlights that afforestation will continue to increase the carbon sink of China's forests in the future, subject to persistently increasing forest growth after the establishment of plantations.
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