Forest/Biomass Based Mitigation Strategies: Does the Timing of Carbon Reductions Matter?

WithGregg Marland, Bernhard Schlamadinger, Paul Leiby

Many of the strategies proposed for using forest managememt to mitigate the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2 are characterized by C emissions reductions which are not uniform over time. A simple model of the carbon budgets of different forest management schemes illustrates the possibilities and poses the question whether the timing of emissions reductions matters.