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Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration


Greenhouse gases are those gases that are transparent to solar radiation but opaque to longwave radiation - their action being similar to that of glass in a greenhouse. They include carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and ozone. As in a greenhouse, they have the effect of increasing the temperature of the air underneath. Water vapour also has a similar effect.

Human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels, tend to create greenhouse gases - they are a source - and growing plants such as forest ecosystems tend to reduce them - sinks. Photosynthesizing plants use CO2 from the atmosphere and fix the carbon in the form of carbon compounds such as carbohydrates within the plant. On a large scale, such as forest ecosystems, this is known as carbon sequestration.

Studies have been conducted to measure and monitor both the amount of carbon being produced by man (carbon footprint) and the amount of carbon that exists in forests (carbon stocks) on a national, European and international level.  

19 records found in EUROFOREST Portal

  2. CarboEurope IP
  3. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
  4. Carbon Trade Watch
  5. CASFOR-II - Modelling Carbon Sequestration in Forested Landscapes
  6. CASMOFOR: an accounting model to assess the removals and emissions of carbon by afforestations
    • CASMOFOR: az erdõsítésekben megkötött szén mennyiségének becslésére szolgáló szénkörforgalmi modell
  7. COST Action 639. Greenhouse-gas budget of soils under changing climate and land use
  8. COST Action FP0803. Belowground carbon turnover in European forests
  10. FLUXNET - Integrating Worldwide CO2 Flux Measurements
  11. Forest Carbon Portal
  12. Forestry. In Climate Change 2007: Mitigation. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  13. GEO Data Portal
    • Portail de données GEO
  14. Global Carbon Project - GCP
  15. Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie Jena
    • Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena
  16. Trends Online: A Compendium of Data on Global Change
  17. Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  18. Voluntary REDD+ Database
  19. Wald und Klima
    • Forests and Climate