Articles | Volume 14, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 14, 5053–5067, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5053-2017
Biogeosciences, 14, 5053–5067, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-5053-2017

Research article 14 Nov 2017

Research article | 14 Nov 2017

Land-use and land-cover change carbon emissions between 1901 and 2012 constrained by biomass observations

Wei Li et al.

Data sets

Global, regional, and national fossil-fuel CO2 emissions T. A. Boden, G. Marland, and R. J. Andres https://doi.org/10.3334/CDIAC/00001

Global covariation of carbon turnover times with climate in terrestrial ecosystems N. Carvalhais, M. Forkel, M. Khomik, J. Bellarby, M. Jung, M. Migliavacca, M. Mu, S. Saatchi, M. Santoro, M. Thurner, U. Weber, B. Ahrens, C. Beer, A. Cescatti, J. T. Randerson, and M. Reichstein https://doi.org/10.1038/nature13731

Recent reversal in loss of global terrestrial biomass Y. Y. Liu, A. I. J. M. van Dijk, R. A. M. de Jeu, J. G. Canadell, M. F. McCabe, J. P. Evans, and G. Wang https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2581

Forest growing stock volume of the northern hemisphere M. Santoro, A. Beaudoin, C. Beer, O. Cartus, J. E. S. Fransson, R. J. Hall, C. Pathe, C. Schmullius, D. Schepaschenko, A. Shvidenko, M. Thurner, and U. Wegmuller https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.07.005

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We used several observation-based biomass datasets to constrain the historical land-use change carbon emissions simulated by models. Compared to the range of the original modeled emissions (from 94 to 273 Pg C), the observationally constrained global cumulative emission estimate is 155 ± 50 Pg C (1σ Gaussian error) from 1901 to 2012. Our approach can also be applied to evaluate the LULCC impact of land-based climate mitigation policies.
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