Journal article

Carbon balance of tropical peat forests at different fire history and implications for carbon emissions

Haruni Krisnawati, Wahyu C Adinugroho, Rinaldi Imanuddin, undefined Suyoko, Christopher J Weston, Liubov Volkova

Science of the Total Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2021

Abstract

Accurate assessment of tropical peat forest carbon stocks and impact of fires on carbon pools is required to determine the magnitude of emissions to the atmosphere and to support emissions reduction policies. We assessed total aboveground carbon (AGC) in biomass pools including trees, shrubs, deadwood, litter and char, and peat carbon to develop empirical estimates of peat swamp forest carbon stocks in response to fire and disturbance. In contrast to the common assumption that peat fires combust all AGC, we observed that about half of undisturbed forest AGC, equivalent to about 70 Mg C ha-1, remains after one or two recent fires - mainly in dead trees, woody debris and pyrogenic carbon. Both..

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