A review of the current progress in quantifying the potential of urban forests to mitigate urban CO2 emissions

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dc.contributor.author Weissert, Lena en
dc.contributor.author Salmond, Jennifer en
dc.contributor.author Schwendenmann, Luitgard en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-10T03:00:05Z en
dc.date.issued 2014 en
dc.identifier.citation Urban Climate, 2014, 8 pp. 100 - 125 en
dc.identifier.issn 2212-0955 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22231 en
dc.description.abstract Urban areas generally emit large amounts of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). However, studies that quantified the temporal and spatial variability of mean atmospheric CO2 concentrations and fluxes have suggested that dense vegetation may act as a local sink within cities. Consequently, urban greening programmes now form an important part of many urban climate change mitigation policies. Knowledge about the direct impact of urban vegetation and soils (collectively known as urban forests) on atmospheric CO2 concentrations is still limited and comprehensive measurement programmes are scarce. This article examines the methods currently used to quantify carbon (C) pools and CO2 fluxes of urban forests, and compiles currently available results. Whilst vegetation did not offset CO2 emissions on an annual basis in studies from mid-latitude cities, vegetative CO2 uptake contributed to the significantly lower atmospheric CO2 fluxes in summer. However, the currently available results are related to a large degree of uncertainty due to the limitations of the applied methods, the limited number of urban areas studied and the temporal/spatial resolution of the measurements. This article demonstrates that in order to effectively quantify CO2 fluxes from urban forests, future research needs to integrate data from a combination of methodologies collected at a range of scales. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Urban Climate en
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dc.title A review of the current progress in quantifying the potential of urban forests to mitigate urban CO2 emissions en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.uclim.2014.01.002 en
pubs.begin-page 100 en
pubs.volume 8 en
pubs.end-page 125 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 430484 en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id School of Environment en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-06-08 en


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