Original Article

Biomass factors used to calculate carbon storage of Turkish forests


Department of Soil Science and Ecology, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Faculty of Forestry, İstanbul, Turkey

FORESTIST 2019; 69: 145-155
DOI: 10.26650/forestist.2019.110719
Read: 1174 Downloads: 644 Published: 01 July 2019

The countries that are parties to the KyotoProtocol submit annual inventories of greenhouse gases to the United NationsFramework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat. The reports comprise valuesof emission and removal of greenhouse gases from different sectors (energy,industrial processes and product use, agriculture, land use, land use change,and forestry, and waste). These reports are prepared by using the methodologiesindicated in guides that are prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange. Among the guides, those that are forestry related include: guidelinesfor the land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector reported in2003 and for the agriculture forestry and other land uses (AFOLU) sectorreported in 2006. According to these guidelines, carbon, which is stored in thebiomass as stock or annually sequestered amounts, can be calculated by usingvarious factors derived from growing stock or annual increment in forests.Similarly, the amount of carbon removed from the forest by fire, production, orillegal cuttings can also be estimated using such factors. In this study, thebiomass expansion factor (BEF1) is determined as 1.212 for the conifers and1.310 for the broadleaved species. Also the BEF2 was updated and determined as1.326 for the conifers, and 1.262 for the broadleaved species. In this study,the biomass conversion and expansion factors (BCEF’s) that are used in theAFOLU guide were also calculated.

Cite this paper as: Tolunay, D., 2019.Biomass factors used to calculate carbon storage of Turkish forests. Forestist69(2): 145-155.

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