Understanding Carbon Storage in Forests
Increased levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are contributing to warmer temperatures on Earth. Because forests draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, they are important components of the global carbon cycle. How do forests play a role in carbon uptake and storage? Would planting more trees help offset carbon dioxide emissions?
In this chapter, you'll learn about forest biomass and its role in carbon storage. You'll compare field-collected data with results produced by a forest biomass model to understand the process and challenges scientists face when doing terrestrial carbon cycle research.
This chapter is part of the Earth Exploration Toolbook. Each chapter provides teachers and/or students with direct practice for using scientific tools to analyze Earth science data. Students should begin on the Case Study page.
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