Part 5—Explore Carbon in Your Own State's Forests

Step 1 Repeat Part 3, Step 4 for Your Own State or Region

  1. Launch Excel and open a new copy of Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls.
  2. Select the Template(US-East_Central) tab or the Template(US-RockyMtn_Pacific) tab depending on where your home state is located.
  3. Open the FIA_State_Carbon.xls file.
  4. Next, find the data for your own state tab in the FIA_State_Carbon.xls and copy the data for 1997 from Tables 2, 3, and 4 as explained in Part 3, Step 4. Fill in (paste) copied data into the left-hand (blue) columns of the Carbon_Scenario_template.xls for the forests in your state.
  5. In the Carbon_Scenario_template.xls, go to File > Save As and rename the file to YourState_Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls. You can now close the original Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls and work with YourState_Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls.

Step 2 Add Model Runs to the Carbon Scenario Template for Your State's Data

  1. Launch the isee Player and open Biomass_Accumulation2.7.STM.
  2. Change the foliar nitrogen values for each forest type in your state and run the model in the same manner as in Part 4 for the New Hampshire data.
  3. Read from the graph or table the values for the years requested (50, 80, 100, 150, 250) and record this data in the green columns of YourState_Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls.

Step 3 Analyze the Results of the Model Runs and Compare to FIA Data Reported

  1. How old do you think your local forests really are?
  2. When does equilibrium occur in your modeled forest?
  3. How much more carbon can be stored in your forest?
  4. What is the Forest's role in the Carbon cycle and climate change?