Part 5—Explore Carbon in Your Own State's Forests
Step 1 Repeat Part 3, Step 4 for Your Own State or Region
- Launch Excel and open a new copy of Carbon_Scenario_Template.xls.
- Select the Template(US-East_Central) tab or the Template(US-RockyMtn_Pacific) tab depending on where your home state is located.
- Open the FIA_State_Carbon.xls file.
- 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.
- 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
- Launch the isee Player and open Biomass_Accumulation2.7.STM.
- 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.
- 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
- How old do you think your local forests really are?
- When does equilibrium occur in your modeled forest?
- How much more carbon can be stored in your forest?
- What is the Forest's role in the Carbon cycle and climate change?