Title page for ETD etd-11152013-040331

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Schiffman, Paula M.
URN etd-11152013-040331
Title Carbon storage during the regrowth and conversion of Virginia Piedmont forests
Degree Master of Science
Department Botany
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
W. Carter Johnson Committee Chair
Arthur E. Linkins Committee Member
James A. Burger Committee Member
  • Forests and forestry
Date of Defense 1985-06-05
Availability restricted
Recent increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by the combustion of fossil fuels and tropical deforestation may result in global

warming. Carbon accumulation by regrowing temperate forests, in regions such as the southeastern United States, may have been

extensive enough to counterbalance releases of carbon from the tropics. In the Virginia Piedmont, large amounts of carbon have accumulated in phytomass and detritus of loblolly pine (Pinus toedci) plantations and

natural forests regrowing on post-agricultural fields. After 50 years, carbon in phytomass of old field plantations was 200,000 kg/ha, twice

the amount accumulated by natural forests. Detrital carbon accumulations totaled over 100,000 kg/ha, but were dependent upon

amounts of erosional loss prior to reforestation.

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