Spatial dynamics of carbon storage: a case study from Turkey

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Sivrikaya F., Baskent E. Z., Bozali N.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.185, pp.9403-9412, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 185
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-013-3260-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.9403-9412
  • Keywords: Biomass, Biomass expansion factor, Carbon storage, Land cover, ABOVEGROUND BIOMASS, FOREST BIOMASS, MORTALITY, STANDS
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Forest ecosystems have an important role in carbon cycle at both regional and global scales as an important carbon sink. Forest degradation and land cover changes, caused by deforestation and conversion to non-forest area, have a strong impact on carbon storage. The carbon storage of forest biomass and its changes over time in the Hartlap planning unit of the southeastern part of Turkey have been estimated using the biomass expansion factor method based on field measurements of forests plots with forest inventory data between 1991 and 2002. The amount of carbon storage associated with land use and land cover changes were also analyzed. The results showed that the total forested area of the Hartlap planning unit slightly increased by 2.1 %, from 27,978.7 ha to 28,282.6 ha during the 11-year period, and carbon storage increased by 9.6 %, from 390,367.6 to 427,826.9 tons. Carbon storage of conifer and mixed forests accounted for about 70.6 % of carbon storage in 1991, and 67.8 % in 2002 which increased by 14,274.6 tons. Land use change and increasing forest area have a strong influence on increasing biomass and carbon storage.