Much attention has been given to above ground biomass and its potential as a carbon sink, but in a mature forest ecosystem 40 to 60 percent of the stored carbon is below ground. As increasing numbers of forests are managed in a wide diversity of climates and soils, the importance of forest soils as a potential carbon sink grows.

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section Section 1|90 pages

The Extent, General Characteristics, and Carbon Dynamics of U.S. Forest Soils

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Introduction and General Description of U.S. Forests

ByJohn M. Kimble, Richard A. Birdsey, Rattan Lal, Linda S. Heath

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Current and Historical Trends in Use, Management, and Disturbance of U.S. Forestlands

ByRichard A. Birdsey, George M. Lewis

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Carbon Trends in U.S. Forestlands: A Context for the Role of Soils in Forest Carbon Sequestration

ByLinda S. Heath, James E. Smith, Richard A. Birdsey

chapter Chapter 4|26 pages

Quantifying the Organic Carbon Held in Forested Soils of the United States and Puerto Rico *

ByMark G. Johnson, Jeffrey S. Kern

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Techniques to Measure and Strategies to Monitor Forest Soil Carbon

ByCraig J. Palmer

section Section 2|82 pages

Soil Processes and Carbon Dynamics

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Carbon Cycling in Forest Ecosystems with an Emphasis on Belowground Processes

ByKurt S. Pregitzer

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Forest Soil Ecology and Soil Organic Carbon

BySherri J. Morris, Eldor A. Paul

chapter Chapter 8|8 pages

Global Change and Forest Soils

ByJohn Hom

chapter Chapter 9|23 pages

Processes Affecting Carbon Storage in the Forest Floor and in Downed Woody Debris

ByWilliam S. Currie, Ruth D. Yanai, Kathryn B. Piatek, Cindy E. Prescott, Christine L. Goodale

chapter Chapter 10|14 pages

Impacts of Natural Disturbance on Soil Carbon Dynamics in Forest Ecosystems

BySteven T. Overby, Stephen C. Hart, Daniel G. Neary

section Section 3|84 pages

Management Impacts on U.S. Forest Soils

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Soil Erosion in Forest Ecosystems and Carbon Dynamics

ByWilliam J. Elliot

chapter Chapter 13|10 pages

Fire and Fire-Suppression Impacts on Forest-Soil Carbon

ByDebbie Page-Dumroese, Martin F. Jurgensen, Alan E. Harvey

chapter Chapter 14|28 pages

Soil Carbon Sequestration and Forest Management: Challenges and Opportunities

ByCoeli M. Hoover

chapter Chapter 15|18 pages

Management Impact on Compaction in Forest Soils

ByRattan Lal

section Section 4|126 pages

Specific Forest Ecosystems

chapter Chapter 16|19 pages

Soil Carbon in Permafrost-Dominated Boreal Forests

ByJohn Hom

chapter Chapter 17|13 pages

Soil Carbon Distribution in High-Elevation Forests of the United States

ByJames G. Bockheim

chapter Chapter 18|18 pages

Soil Carbon in Arid and Semiarid Forest Ecosystems

ByDaniel G. Neary, Steven T. Overby, Stephen C. Hart

chapter Chapter 19|21 pages

Carbon Cycling in Wetland Forest Soils

ByCarl C. Trettin, Martin F. Jurgensen

chapter Chapter 20|14 pages

Carbon Storage in North American Agroforestry Systems

ByP. K. Ramachandran Nair, Vimala D. Nair

chapter Chapter 21|16 pages

Soil Carbon in Urban Forest Ecosystems

ByRichard V. Pouyat, Jonathan Russell-Anelli, Ian D. Yesilonis, Peter M. Groffman

chapter Chapter 22|20 pages

Soil Organic Carbon in Tropical Forests of the United States of America

ByWhendee L. Silver, Ariel E. Lugo, Delphine Farmer

section Section 5|38 pages

Synthesis and Policy Implications

chapter Chapter 23|10 pages

The Potential of U.S. Forest Soils to Sequester Carbon

ByLinda S. Heath, John M. Kimble, Richard A. Birdsey, Rattan Lal

chapter Chapter 24|13 pages

Economic Analysis of Soil Carbon in Afforestation and Forest Management Decisions

ByBrent Sohngen, Ralph Alig, Suk-won Choi

chapter Chapter 25|12 pages

Research and Development Priorities for Carbon Sequestration in Forest Soils

ByRattan Lal, John M. Kimble, Richard A. Birdsey, Linda S. Heath