, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 421–426 | Cite as

Carbon Dynamics of an Old-growth Forest

  • Thomas H. SuchanekEmail author
  • Harold A. Mooney
  • Jerry F. Franklin
  • Hermann Gucinski
  • Susan L. Ustin
Special Feature Introduction


Efforts are under way to evaluate the carbon storage capacity for a variety of terrestrial ecosystems in the United States [for example, see Canadell and others (2000) and Schimel and others (2000)]. The distribution and strengths of terrestrial carbon sources and sinks have gained increasing attention in recent years because of their relevance to changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations (Pacala and others 2001; Wofsy 2001) and because this information has significant implications for national and international carbon cycle policy. The AmeriFlux and FLUXNET Networks of carbon-flux measurement stations distributed throughout the globe were established as part of this effort (Kaiser 1998; Buchmann and Schulze 1999; Canadell and others 2000). Improving the accuracy of forest carbon-sequestration estimates will lessen the international controversy over carbon-accounting systems and carbon trading. Finally, better process-level understanding may enable the...


Photosynthetically Active Radiation Gross Primary Production Pacific Northwest Region Photosynthetically Active Radiation Transmission Pacific Northwest Forest 
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This research was supported by the Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research Program (BER), US Department of Energy (DOE), through the Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) under Cooperative Agreement DE-FC03-90ER61010 and builds upon support at the WRCCRF by the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the USDA Forest Service and National Science Foundation support for the canopy crane. We acknowledge each for significant assistance. A primary goal of the NIGEC program is to investigate the role of climate change on terrestrial carbon exchange, and it is within this context that the studies to evaluate the carbon dynamics of the Wind River old-growth forest were initiated. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the DOE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas H. Suchanek
    • 1
    • 2
    • 7
    Email author
  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 3
  • Jerry F. Franklin
    • 4
  • Hermann Gucinski
    • 5
  • Susan L. Ustin
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Western Regional Center: National Institute for Global Environmental ChangeUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  4. 4.College of Forest ResourcesUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  5. 5.Southern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceAshevilleUSA
  6. 6.Department of Land, Air and Water ResourcesUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  7. 7.Division of Environmental ContaminantsUSFWSSacramentoUSA

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