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Professional Paper 1797

Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States

Edited by Zhiliang Zhu and Bradley C. Reed

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Abstract

This assessment was conducted to fulfill the requirements of section 712 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 and to improve understanding of carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes in ecosystems of the Western United States. The assessment examined carbon storage, carbon fluxes, and other GHG fluxes (methane and nitrous oxide) in all major terrestrial ecosystems (forests, grasslands/shrublands, agricultural lands, and wetlands) and aquatic ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters) in two time periods: baseline (generally in the first half of the 2010s) and future (projections from baseline to 2050). The assessment was based on measured and observed data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and many other agencies and organizations and used remote sensing, statistical methods, and simulation models.

First posted December 5, 2012

Revised February 12, 2013

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Zhu, Zhiliang, and Reed, B.C., eds., 2012, Baseline and projected future carbon storage and greenhouse-gas fluxes in ecosystems of the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1797, 192 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1797/.)



Contents

[Chapters are individually paginated. When downloading individual chapters, be sure to download the References Cited section as well, which is at the bottom of this Contents list.]

Acknowledgments (PDF 58.1 KB)

Executive Summary—Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States (PDF 115 KB)

Chapter 1. An Assessment of Carbon Sequestration in Ecosystems of the Western United States—Scope, Methodology, and Geography (PDF 1.11 MB)

Chapter 2. Baseline Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes in the Western United States Between 1992 and 2005s (PDF 1.33 MB)

Chapter 3. Baseline Wildland Fires and Emissions for the Western United States (PDF 313 KB)

Chapter 4. Major Land-Management Activities and Natural Disturbances Considered in this Assessment (PDF 2.13 MB)

Chapter 5. Baseline Carbon Storage, Carbon Sequestration, and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Western United States (PDF 3.23 MB)

Chapter 6. Projected Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Western United States (4.96 MB)

Chapter 7. Climate Projections Used for the Assessment of the Western United States (637 KB)

Chapter 8. Projected Future Wildland Fires and Emissions for the Western United States (PDF 407 KB)

Chapter 9. Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse Gas Fluxes of Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Western United States (PDF 2.8 MB)

Chapter 10. Baseline Carbon Sequestration, Transport, and Emission From Inland Aquatic Ecosystems in the Western United States (PDF 2.13 MB)

Chapter 11. Terrestrial Fluxes of Sediments and Nutrients to Pacific Coastal Waters and Their Effects on Coastal Carbon Storage Rates (2.95 MB)

Chapter 12. Toward an Integrated Assessment of Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Western United States—Further Analyses and Observations (PDF 533 KB)

References Cited (PDF 218 KB)


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