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Main Title Current Land Cover in the Tropics and Its Potential for Sequestering Carbon.
Author Houghton, R. A. ; Unruh, J. D. ; Lefebvre, P. A. ;
CORP Author Woods Hole Research Center, MA.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Publisher c1993
Year Published 1993
Report Number EPA/600/J-93/350;
Stock Number PB93-229680
Additional Subjects Tropical regions ; Carbon sinks ; Forests ; Vegetation ; Carbon dioxide ; Greenhouse gases ; Forest management ; Land development ; Ecosystems ; Land use ; Biomass ; Reforestation ; Grasslands ; Reprints ; Land cover
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB93-229680 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 18p
The authors used published ground studies together with global vegetation index data from the NOAA7 satellite to estimate current land cover in tropical regions. Superimposing this map of current land cover over maps depicting the distribution of vegetation cover prior to human disturbance, obtained an estimate of about 3200 x 10 to the sixth power ha in the tropics (almost 60% of the total land area considered) where woody biomass had been decreased and carbon might again be sequestered. They then calculated the amount of carbon that could be withdrawn from the atmosphere and stored in woods biomass if several management options were implemented.