Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2121-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2121-2022
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22 Apr 2022
Research article |  | 22 Apr 2022

Carbon sequestration potential of street tree plantings in Helsinki

Minttu Havu, Liisa Kulmala, Pasi Kolari, Timo Vesala, Anu Riikonen, and Leena Järvi

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The carbon sequestration potential of two street tree species and the soil beneath them was quantified with the urban land surface model SUEWS and the soil carbon model Yasso. The street tree plantings turned into a modest sink of carbon from the atmosphere after 14 years. Overall, the results indicate the importance of soil in urban carbon sequestration estimations, as soil respiration exceeded the carbon uptake in the early phase, due to the high initial carbon loss from the soil.
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