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Historic Simulation of Net Ecosystem Carbon Balance for the Great Dismal Swamp


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Sleeter, Rachel, 2017, Historic simulation of net ecosystem carbon balance for the Great Dismal Swamp: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Estimating ecosystem carbon (C) balance relative to natural disturbances and land management strengthens our understanding of the benefits and tradeoffs of carbon sequestration. We conducted a historic model simulation of net ecosystem C balance in the Great Dismal Swamp, VA. for the 30-year time period of 1985-2015. The historic simulation of annual carbon flux was calculated with the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) model. The LUCAS model utilizes a state-and-transition simulation model coupled with a carbon stock-flow accounting model to estimate net ecosystem C balance, and long term sequestration rates under various ecological conditions and management strategies. The historic model simulation uses age-structured [...]


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Rachel Sleeter
Originator :
Rachel Sleeter
Metadata Contact :
Rachel Sleeter
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
USGS Mission Area :
Land Resources
SDC Data Owner :
Eastern Geographic Science Center

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Historic_Simulation_Net_Ecosystem_Carbon_Balance_for_the_Great_Dismal_Swamp.csv 3.27 KB text/csv


This data provides results from a historic model simulation covering the period from 1985 to 2015 in the Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia. The historic simulation of net ecosystem carbon balance (1985 - 2015) was completed in order to test the carbon stock and flow parameters of the carbon balance model. All input parameters were derived from published sources and described in detail in the journal paper. The Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) model was used to simulate net ecosystem carbon balance based on the known ecological conditions during the 30 year time period, The results are provided in a table and include annual carbon biomass values in tons of carbon per hectare (t C/ha) for the following categories: Growth; Heterotrophic Respiration (Rh); Net Ecosystem Production (NEP); Net Biome Production (NBP); Belowground Biomass (BGB) Stock ; Aboveground Biomass (AGB) Stock; AGB Carbon Loss from Fire ; BGB Carbon Loss from Fire; Deadwood Carbon Loss from Management; and Total Carbon Loss. The table also includes the area (annually) of each forest type in hectares: Atlantic White Cedar Area (hectares); Cypress Gum Area (hectares); Maple Gum Area (hectares); Pine Pocosin Area (hectares).



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DOI doi:10.5066/F7KW5D6D

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