Biomass and Carbon Budget of European Forests, 1971 to 1990

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Science  03 Apr 1992:
Vol. 256, Issue 5053, pp. 70-74
DOI: 10.1126/science.256.5053.70


In severely polluted areas, such as locally in Montshegorsk in northwestern Russia, all trees have died. However, measurements from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland show a general increase of forest resources. The fertilization effects of pollutants override the adverse effects at least for the time being. Biomass was built up in the 1970s and 1980s in European forests. If there has been similar development in other continents, biomass accumulation in nontropical forests can account for a large proportion of the estimated mismatch between sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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