New Forest Carbon Accounting & Modeling Guide Released

cover forest modeling guideForest Carbon Accounting and Modeling Framework Alternatives:
An Inventory, Assessment, and Application Guide for Eastern US State Policy Agencies

Final Report, Center for Research on Sustainable Forests

Adam J. Daigneault, Daniel J. Hayes, Ivan J. Fernandez, and Aaron R. Weiskittel School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, Orono, ME

International agreements on climate change mitigation, forest conservation incentive programs, and carbon trading markets are critically dependent on the ability to measure, monitor, report, and verify the impacts of forest management on increasing carbon stores.

This newly released report by University of Maine faculty provides a synthesis of information for assisting states  with building capacity to engage in forest carbon inventory, monitoring, and modeling for projecting carbon outcomes of policies that support mitigation‐focused forest management scenarios. Daigneault et al. discuss the practice and benefits of forest carbon modeling for a broad audience, focusing on model types and specific tools that address the impact of forest processes and their management on carbon stocks and fluxes across multiple pools in response to economic, policy, and environmental conditions.