Carbon Stocks in Savannas Aboveground Biomass of the Nhecolandia Pantanal, Brazil

Ana H.B.M. Fernandes, Suzana M. de Salis, Fernando A. Fernandes and Sandra M.A. Crispim
Embrapa Pantanal – The forests play an important role in the global carbon cycle, as a dynamic reservoir of this element in the terrestrial biosphere. Through the photosynthesis, the plants convert carbon dioxide (CO2) from atmosphere in vegetal tissues, trapping the carbon into their biomass. Cutting down and burning these areas promote returning of the carbon stored in vegetation biomass into the atmosphere, increasing its CO2 concentration by the carbon monoxide (CO) emission. Overall, the CO2 emissions, associated with land use changes, are the second leading cause of raising the atmospheric CO2 concentration, just behind the greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuel (IPCC, 2007). In Brazil, more than 50% of the total emissions come from land use, which are associated with replacement of natural forests for husbandry activities (Brazil, 2010)…..>>Read More<<

Source and Photo: Embrapa Pantanal
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