Forestry Statistics 2009 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Forest carbon stock

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The total carbon in UK forests has increased from 1990 to 2005 and is projected to continue to increase to 2010. The carbon in forest soils accounts for most (around 80%) of total forest carbon.

Table 4.1 Forest carbon stock

1990

2000

2005

2010

million tonnes of carbon

Carbon in above-ground biomass

106 104 111 117

Carbon in below-ground biomass

14 15 17 19

Carbon in dead wood

2

2 2 2

Carbon in litter

25 25 25 25

Soil carbon 1

656 702 718 730

Total forest carbon

803 848 873 893

Not National Statistics.

Source: UK report for Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010

Notes

1. Carbon in soil depth 0 to 100 cm. Most of the increase in soil carbon is existing soil carbon in areas afforested between these dates, not additional carbon sequestered.

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