Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Schiffman, Paula M. URN etd-11152013-040331 Title Carbon storage during the regrowth and conversion of Virginia Piedmont forests Degree Master of Science Department Botany Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title W. Carter Johnson Committee Chair Arthur E. Linkins Committee Member James A. Burger Committee Member Keywords
- Forests and forestry
Date of Defense 1985-06-05 Availability restricted AbstractRecent increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by the combustion of fossil fuels and tropical deforestation may result in global
warming. Carbon accumulation by regrowing temperate forests, in regions such as the southeastern United States, may have been
extensive enough to counterbalance releases of carbon from the tropics. In the Virginia Piedmont, large amounts of carbon have accumulated in phytomass and detritus of loblolly pine (Pinus toedci) plantations and
natural forests regrowing on post-agricultural fields. After 50 years, carbon in phytomass of old field plantations was 200,000 kg/ha, twice
the amount accumulated by natural forests. Detrital carbon accumulations totaled over 100,000 kg/ha, but were dependent upon
amounts of erosional loss prior to reforestation.
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