Climatic Change

, Volume 81, Issue 3, pp 431–454

Changed thinning regimes may increase carbon stock under climate change: A case study from a Finnish boreal forest


    • Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Joensuu
  • Heli Peltola
    • Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Joensuu
  • Elemer Briceño-elizondo
    • Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Joensuu
  • Seppo Kellomäki
    • Faculty of ForestryUniversity of Joensuu
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-006-9149-8

Cite this article as:
Garcia-Gonzalo, J., Peltola, H., Briceño-elizondo, E. et al. Climatic Change (2007) 81: 431. doi:10.1007/s10584-006-9149-8


A physiological growth and yield model was applied for assessing the effects of forest management and climate change on the carbon (C) stocks in a forest management unit located in Finland. The aim was to outline an appropriate management strategy with regard to C stock in the ecosystem (C in trees and C in soil) and C in harvested timber. Simulations covered 100 years using three climate scenarios (current climate, ECHAM4 and HadCM2), five thinning regimes (based on current forest management recommendations for Finland) and one unthinned. Simulations were undertaken with ground true stand inventory data (1451 hectares) representing Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), Norway spruce (Picea abies) and silver birch (Betula pendula) stands. Regardless of the climate scenario, it was found that shifting from current practices to thinning regimes that allowed higher stocking of trees resulted in an increase of up to 11% in C in the forest ecosystem. It also increased the C in the timber yield by up to 14%. Compared to current climatic conditions, the mean increase over the thinning regimes in the total C stock in the forest ecosystem due to the climate change was a maximum of 1%; but the mean increase in total C in timber yield over thinning regimes was a maximum of 12%.


AdaptationForest managementCarbon stockForest ecosystemCarbon in timber yieldBoreal forestsClimate changeModelling

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