Articles | Volume 18, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 18, 2627–2647, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2627-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 2627–2647, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-2627-2021

Research article 26 Apr 2021

Research article | 26 Apr 2021

Effects of Earth system feedbacks on the potential mitigation of large-scale tropical forest restoration

Alexander Koch et al.

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Estimates of large-scale tree planting and forest restoration as a carbon sequestration tool typically miss a crucial aspect: the Earth system response to the increased land carbon sink from new vegetation. We assess the impact of tropical forest restoration using an Earth system model under a scenario that limits warming to 2 °C. Almost two-thirds of the carbon impact of forest restoration is offset by negative carbon cycle feedbacks, suggesting a more modest benefit than in previous studies.
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