Carbon sequestration in the forests of East Texas
Almaguer-Reisdorf, Joyce Lynn
Harcombe, Paul A.; Few, Arthur A., Jr.
Master of Arts
Increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 threaten to change the earth's climate and diversity in numerous adverse ways. This thesis explores aspects of two potential types of terrestrial sinks in East Texas, plantation rotation management and reforestation. I used a simple method of employing government GIS and tabular data for calculating and visualizing the size of those sinks, which could store an additional 2.3 to 98 million Mg C aboveground. The uncertainty of these values is high because of data inadequacies and also uncertainty about future land use trends. The mitigative powers of these sinks are discussed, as is their potential application in newly forming carbon credit programs such as the Chicago Climate Exchange.