Forestry Statistics 2011 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Forest carbon stock

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The total carbon in UK forests has increased from 1990 to 2010.  The carbon in forest soils accounts for most (around 75%) of total forest carbon.

Table 4.1 Forest carbon stock

 

1990

2000

2005

2010

million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Carbon in above-ground biomass

428 431 464 506

Carbon in below-ground biomass

154 155 167 182

Carbon in dead wood

8

9 9 9

Carbon in litter

154 165 167 169

Soil carbon 1

2 254 2 427 2 454 2 473

Total forest carbon

2 998 3 188 3 261 3 338

Not National Statistics.

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes

1.  Carbon in soil depth 0 to 100 cm.

2.  To convert tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to tonnes carbon (C), multiply by 12/44.

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