Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring

A Landscape-Scale Approach

  • Coeli M. Hoover

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Establishing a Landscape-Scale Forest Carbon Monitoring Site

    1. Chris Potter, Richard Birdsey
      Pages 17-25
    2. David Y. Hollinger
      Pages 27-35
  3. Measuring Aboveground Carbon Pools

    1. David C. Chojnacky, Mikaila Milton
      Pages 45-72
    2. Harry T. Valentine, Jeffrey H. Gove, Mark J. Ducey, Timothy G. Gregoire, Michael S. Williams
      Pages 73-87
  4. Measuring Aboveground Carbon Fluxes

    1. Pierre Bernier, Paul J. Hanson, Peter S. Curtis
      Pages 91-101
    2. Noah J. Karberg, Neal A. Scott, Christian P. Giardina
      Pages 103-111
    3. Neal A. Scott, Sandra Brown
      Pages 113-126
  5. Measuring Belowground Carbon Pools and Fluxes

    1. Andrew J. Burton, Kurt S. Pregitzer
      Pages 129-142
    2. John B. Bradford, Michael G. Ryan
      Pages 143-162
    3. Randall Kolka, Peter Weishampel, Mats Fröberg
      Pages 171-176
  6. Supplemental Variables for Carbon Cycle Modeling

    1. Marie-Louise Smith, Jeanne Anderson, Matthew Fladeland
      Pages 179-196
    2. Marie-Louise Smith, David Y. Hollinger, Scott Ollinger
      Pages 197-203
  7. Lessons from the Past and Opportunities in the Future

    1. John B. Bradford, Peter Weishampel, Marie-Louise Smith, Randall Kolka, David Y. Hollinger, Richard A. Birdsey et al.
      Pages 227-238
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 239-240

About this book


This volume is a comprehensive guide to the methods and techniques employed in forest carbon inventory and monitoring. Since forest carbon research is interdisciplinary, it is unlikely that any one investigator will possess expertise in all of the types of measurements needed to conduct forest carbon research at scales larger than a forest stand. Techniques used to characterize standing stocks of carbon in a forest, measure key carbon fluxes, and collect related data (such as forest canopy nitrogen concentrations and meteorological measurements) that are required to drive process models, develop predictive relationships, and link to remote sensing data are described in detail. In addition to the measurement methods, the chapters include background information, necessary calculations, and equipment requirements.

The field of forest carbon research is growing rapidly, and Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring provides an excellent reference for the many and varied techniques necessary to characterize the forest carbon cycle. While the book outlines an entire forest carbon monitoring program, each chapter stands alone as a reference for measuring the variable described, and sufficient background discussion is included to allow investigators to determine if a particular measurement is warranted in their research program.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Coeli M. Hoover
    • 1
  1. 1.US Forest ServiceDurhamUSA

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