Nitrogen deposition limits climate change impacts on carbon sequestration

ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2009) - Forests are important in reducing the green house gas carbon dioxide (CO2). For the period 2000-2007, it has been estimated that from the 8.9 billion ton of carbon released by human activities, approximately 46% is found back in the atmosphere. The removed 54% is due to an estimated equal amount absorbed in oceans and taken up by forests and other natural vegetations. The role of forest growth is assumed to increase in the future due to climate change and increasing CO2 concentrations.

These findings are discussed in detail in a special issue of the Journal Forest Ecology and Management: Volume 258, Issue 8, Pages 1735-1824 (25 September 2009)
"The relative importance of nitrogen deposition and climate change on the sequestration of carbon by forests in Europe" (Edited by W. de Vries)