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Volume 15, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 15, 1185–1201, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1185-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 1185–1201, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1185-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 27 Feb 2018

Research article | 27 Feb 2018

Smaller global and regional carbon emissions from gross land use change when considering sub-grid secondary land cohorts in a global dynamic vegetation model

Chao Yue et al.
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Gross land use change such as shifting cultivation causes carbon emissions because carbon release in cleared forests is larger than absorption in regrowing ones. However, to appropriately account for this process, vegetation models have to represent sub-grid secondary forest dynamics. We found that gross land use emissions can be overestimated if sub-grid secondary forests are neglected in the model. Conversely, rotation lengths of shifting cultivation have a critical role.
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