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Forestry Statistics 2014 - UK Forests and Climate Change

Forest carbon stock

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The total carbon in UK forests has increased from 1990 to 2010 and is projected to increase further by 2015 (Table 4.1). The carbon in forest soils accounts for most (around 75%) of total forest carbon.

Table 4.1 Forest carbon stock

 

1990

2000

2005

2010

2015 

million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Carbon in above-ground biomass

360 471 527 583 639

Carbon in below-ground biomass

129 170 190 210 230

Carbon in dead wood

9

10 10 10 10

Carbon in litter

165 175 179 182 187

Soil carbon 1

2 366 2 533 2 594 2 629 2 715

Total forest carbon

3 029 3 359 3 500 3 614  3 781

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.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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