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Center for Climatic Research, Institute for Environmental studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Okanagan University College in Canada, Department of Geography; World Watch, 300 November-December 1998; Nature.
Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
The Carbon Cycle
Philippe Rekacewicz assisted by Cecile Marin, Agnes Stienne, Guilio Frigieri, Riccardo Pravettoni, Laura Margueritte and Marion Lecoquierre.
Carbon stocks in forest areas comprise
carbon in living and dead organic
matter both above and below ground
including trees, the understorey, dead
wood, litter and soil. On a global scale,
vegetation and soils are estimated to
trap 2.6 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon
annually. Yet there are still many uncertainties
about the workings of the carbon
cycle: the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates
that the amount of carbon absorbed in
the soil and vegetation amounts to anything
between 0.9 and 4.3 Gt annually.