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Project Title:Spatially Explicit Sources and Sinks of Carbon from Deforestation, Reforestation, Growth and Degradation in the Tropics: Development of a Method and a 10 Year Data Set 2000-2010

Science Team

Richard (Skee) Houghton, The Woods Hole Research Center (Project Lead)

Project Duration: 2012 - 2014
Solicitation:NASA: Carbon Monitoring System (2011)
Abstract: Neither of the pilot studies in NASA s Phase 1 of the CMS has explicitly considered changes in terrestrial carbon storage that result from land use and land-cover change (LULCC). The biomass pilot study could be extended to estimate changes in aboveground carbon density, but modeling and ancillary data will be needed to account for changes ... [more]
Measurement Approaches:
  • Modeling
  • Land Biomass
  • Land-Atmosphere Flux
  • MRV


Alessandro Baccini, Woods Hole Research Center
Richard (Skee) Houghton, The Woods Hole Research Center

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Product Title:  Estimates of pre-deforestation aboveground live woody biomass (AGLB).
Spatial Extent:  Tropical regions of America, Africa, and Asia
Spatial Resolution:  30 m
Time Period:  2000-2012
Temporal Frequency:  One-time estimate for the year 2000
Status:  Archived

Publications: Olofsson, P., Kuemmerle, T., Griffiths, P., Knorn, J., Baccini, A., Gancz, V., Blujdea, V., Houghton, R. A., Abrudan, I. V., Woodcock, C. E. 2011. Carbon implications of forest restitution in post-socialist Romania. Environmental Research Letters. 6(4), 045202. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/045202

Pan, Y., Birdsey, R. A., Fang, J., Houghton, R., Kauppi, P. E., Kurz, W. A., Phillips, O. L., Shvidenko, A., Lewis, S. L., Canadell, J. G., Ciais, P., Jackson, R. B., Pacala, S. W., McGuire, A. D., Piao, S., Rautiainen, A., Sitch, S., Hayes, D. 2011. A Large and Persistent Carbon Sink in the World's Forests. Science. 333(6045), 988-993. DOI: 10.1126/science.1201609

Baccini, A., Goetz, S. J., Walker, W. S., Laporte, N. T., Sun, M., Sulla-Menashe, D., Hackler, J., Beck, P. S. A., Dubayah, R., Friedl, M. A., Samanta, S., Houghton, R. A. 2012. Estimated carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation improved by carbon-density maps. Nature Climate Change. 2(3), 182-185. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1354

Gloor, M., Gatti, L., Brienen, R., Feldpausch, T. R., Phillips, O. L., Miller, J., Ometto, J. P., Rocha, H., Baker, T., de Jong, B., Houghton, R. A., Malhi, Y., Aragao, L. E. O. C., Guyot, J., Zhao, K., Jackson, R., Peylin, P., Sitch, S., Poulter, B., Lomas, M., Zaehle, S., Huntingford, C., Levy, P., Lloyd, J. 2012. The carbon balance of South America: a review of the status, decadal trends and main determinants. Biogeosciences. 9(12), 5407-5430. DOI: 10.5194/bg-9-5407-2012

Goetz, S. J., Bond-Lamberty, B., Law, B. E., Hicke, J. A., Huang, C., Houghton, R. A., McNulty, S., O'Halloran, T., Harmon, M., Meddens, A. J. H., Pfeifer, E. M., Mildrexler, D., Kasischke, E. S. 2012. Observations and assessment of forest carbon dynamics following disturbance in North America. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 117(G2). DOI: 10.1029/2011JG001733

Houghton, R. A. 2012. Carbon emissions and the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 4(6), 597-603. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.06.006

Houghton, R. A. 2012. Historic Changes in Terrestrial Carbon Storage in: Recarbonization of the Biosphere. Springer Nature, 59-82. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4159-1_4

Houghton, R. A., House, J. I., Pongratz, J., van der Werf, G. R., DeFries, R. S., Hansen, M. C., Le Quere, C., Ramankutty, N. 2012. Carbon emissions from land use and land-cover change. Biogeosciences. 9(12), 5125-5142. DOI: 10.5194/bg-9-5125-2012

Erb, K., Kastner, T., Luyssaert, S., Houghton, R. A., Kuemmerle, T., Olofsson, P., Haberl, H. 2013. Bias in the attribution of forest carbon sinks. Nature Climate Change. 3(10), 854-856. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2004

Houghton, R. A. 2014. The emissions of carbon from deforestation and degradation in the tropics: past trends and future potential. Carbon Management. 4(5), 539-546. DOI: 10.4155/cmt.13.41

Houghton, R.A. 2013. Role of forests and impact of deforestation in the global carbon cycle. Pages 15-38 in: F. Achard & M.C. Hansen (editors). Global Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation. CRC Press, Boca Raton. ISBN 9781466552012 - CAT# K15197

Patra, P. K., Canadell, J. G., Houghton, R. A., Piao, S. L., Oh, N., Ciais, P., Manjunath, K. R., Chhabra, A., Wang, T., Bhattacharya, T., Bousquet, P., Hartman, J., Ito, A., Mayorga, E., Niwa, Y., Raymond, P. A., Sarma, V. V. S. S., Lasco, R. 2013. The carbon budget of South Asia. Biogeosciences. 10(1), 513-527. DOI: 10.5194/bg-10-513-2013

Tyukavina, A., Stehman, S. V., Potapov, P. V., Turubanova, S. A., Baccini, A., Goetz, S. J., Laporte, N. T., Houghton, R. A., Hansen, M. C. 2013. National-scale estimation of gross forest aboveground carbon loss: a case study of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Environmental Research Letters. 8(4), 044039. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044039

Valentini, R., Arneth, A., Bombelli, A., Castaldi, S., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Chevallier, F., Ciais, P., Grieco, E., Hartmann, J., Henry, M., Houghton, R. A., Jung, M., Kutsch, W. L., Malhi, Y., Mayorga, E., Merbold, L., Murray-Tortarolo, G., Papale, D., Peylin, P., Poulter, B., Raymond, P. A., Santini, M., Sitch, S., Vaglio Laurin, G., van der Werf, G. R., Williams, C. A., Scholes, R. J. 2014. A full greenhouse gases budget of Africa: synthesis, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities. Biogeosciences. 11(2), 381-407. DOI: 10.5194/bg-11-381-2014

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