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BG | Articles | Volume 17, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 17, 4075–4101, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4075-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 17, 4075–4101, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-4075-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 13 Aug 2020

Research article | 13 Aug 2020

Historical CO2 emissions from land use and land cover change and their uncertainty

Thomas Gasser et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 May 2020) by Alexey V. Eliseev
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ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Jun 2020) by Alexey V. Eliseev
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RR by Anna Harper (23 Jun 2020)
ED: Publish as is (24 Jun 2020) by Alexey V. Eliseev
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We combine several lines of evidence to provide a robust estimate of historical CO2 emissions from land use change. Our novel approach leads to reduced uncertainty and identifies key remaining sources of uncertainty and discrepancy. We also quantify the carbon removal by natural ecosystems that would have occurred if these ecosystems had not been destroyed (mostly via deforestation). Over the last decade, this foregone carbon sink amounted to about 50 % of the actual emissions.
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