Contemporary Problems of Ecology

, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp 706–715 | Cite as

A twenty year retrospective on the forest carbon dynamics in Russia

  • D. G. Zamolodchikov
  • V. I. Grabovskii
  • G. N. Kraev


A regional forest carbon budget accounting technique based on carbon pools balance with incomes from growing woodstocks and losses from harvesting, fires and other disturbances have been developed. Forest carbon budgets of the Russian administrative units during 1988–2009 have been accounted. The carbon sink to Russian forests have increased from 80 Mt C × yr−1 in 1988 to 230–240 Mt C × yr−1 in late 2000s. This tendency is explained with the decline in harvesting, which have started in 1990s. European part of Russia was found to have higher areally averaged carbon sink compared with the Asian part. It have been associated with peculiar ways of wildfires governance in these two parts.


carbon budget forest resource dynamics phytomass dead wood litter soil wood harvesting wildfires 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Zamolodchikov
    • 1
  • V. I. Grabovskii
    • 1
  • G. N. Kraev
    • 1
  1. 1.Center on the Problems of Ecology and Productivity of ForestsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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