© 1992

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

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.


biodiversity carbon sink development production temperature

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Natural Sinks of CO2
  • Book Subtitle Palmas Del Mar, Puerto Rico, 24–27 February 1992
  • Editors Joe Wisniewski
    Ariel E. Lugo
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1805-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5240-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-2793-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 466
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Climate Change
    Environmental Management
    Physical Chemistry
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