Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
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, J. Zhu, H. Hu, Z. Guo, Y. Pan, R. Birdsey, and J. Fang

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Cited articles

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Short summary
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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