Anderson2010: Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection

Last Updated on December 14, 2021 by admin

Forestry, including afforestation, reforestation, and forest management, has been proposed as a strategy to mitigate climate change. However, forestry influences albedo (the fraction of incident sunlight reflected back to space), surface roughness, and evapotranspiration, which affect the amount of energy transfer to the atmosphere. These biophysical feedbacks can result in local climate warming, which counteracts the effects of carbon sequestration on global mean temperature. This scientific article reviews published and emerging research, and suggests ways in which forestry projects can counteract the consequences associated with biophysical interactions. Read the article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment