Silva Fennica : quarterly issues : 30(2–3) : sa3023259.htm

Malle Mandre, Hardi Tullus, Vaike Reisner & Kl›Jaan seiko. 1996.

Assessment of CO2 fluxes and effects of possible climate changes on forests in Estonia

Silva Fennica 30(2–3): 259–268

The present study is the first attempt to carry out an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes in the forests of Estonia. The emission and uptake of CO2 as a result of forest management, forest conversion and abandonment of cultivated lands in Estonia was estimated. The removal of GHG by Estonian forests in 1990 exceeded the release about 3.3 times. Changes in the species composition and productivity of forest sites under various simulated climate change scenarios have been predicted by using the Forest Gap Model for the central and coastal areas of Estonia. The computational examples showed that the changes in forest community would be essential.

climate change, forest composition, Forest Gap Model, forestry, greenhouse gases

Institute of Ecology, Kevade 2, EE-0001 Tallinn, Estonia

Received 22 September 1995 Accepted 24 June 1996
ISSN 0037-5330