Natural Sinks of CO2

Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico, 24–27 February 1992

  • Joe Wisniewski
  • Ariel E. Lugo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Importance of Carbon Sinks

  3. Effects of CO2 on Natural Systems

  4. Managing Natural Sinks of CO2

  5. Modeling Carbon Fluxes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. E. B. Rastetter, R. B. McKane, G. R. Shaver, J. M. Melillo
      Pages 327-344
    3. W. M. Post, J. Pastor, A. W. King, W. R. Emanuel
      Pages 345-363
    4. Thomas O. Barnwell Jr., Robert B. Jackson IV, Edward T. Elliott, Ingrid C. Burke, C. Vernon Cole, Keith Paustian et al.
      Pages 423-435
  6. Natural Sinks of CO2 Workshop Summary — Technical Synthesis, Conclusions, Key Findings and Research Recommendations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 461-466

About this book


Most of the attention with respect to the increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations centers around three issues: human-generated sources of carbon, mostly from burning fossil fuels; tropical deforestation, which accelerates the production of atmospheric carbon while causting havoc with biodiversity and the economic development of tropical countries; and the temperature increase that may accompany increased atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.
This is the first book to focus extensively on the reverse to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), i.e. the sequestering of atmospheric carbon by aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Natural ecosystems are currently sequestering carbon and it is economically feasible to manage existing and additional terrestrial (forest, soil, saline land) and aquatic (coastal, wetland and ocean) ecosystems to substantially increase the level of carbon storage. The prospect of managing natural systems to absorb additional carbon should begin to change the mindset under which scientists, policy makers and society deal with the issue of further greenhouse gas increases.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joe Wisniewski
    • 1
  • Ariel E. Lugo
    • 2
  1. 1.Wisniewski and Associates, Inc.Falls ChurchUSA
  2. 2.U.S.D.A. Forest ServiceRio PiedrasPuerto Rico

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