PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2004, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 58-67.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2004.02.008

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Research Advances of the Influence of Afforestation on Terrestrial Carbon Sink

SHI Jun1, LIU Jiyuan1, GAO Zhiqiang1, CUI Linli2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographical Science and Natural Resources Research;
    2. Institute of Remote Sensing Application, Beijing, 100101
  • Received:2004-01-01 Revised:2004-03-01 Online:2004-03-25 Published:2004-03-25


The terrestrial carbon source or sink was influenced by global climate change and land use change. Afforestation, as a type of land use change, can add terrestrial carbon sink and alleviate atmospheric CO2 increment, which was recognized as a counteract measure to the national GHGs emission by internationals and governments. Study on the influence of afforestation on terrestrial carbon sink has become one of the research hotspots in global change and forestry practice. Terrestrial carbon sink and its source were summarized firstly in the paper and the importance of afforestation on terrestrial carbon sink was affirmed. Then the influencing approach of afforestation on terrestrial carbon sink, the change of vegetation and soil carbon and their relationship after afforestation was discussed, and the potential of global afforestation on terrestrial carbon sink was presented. Finally, the shortage of current research and the emphases of future research were given. China has the largest plentation area, with nearly one third of the global total, strengthening the objective research of afforestation and its terrestrial carbon sink, will have an important politic, scientific significance in China.

Key words: afforestation, plantation, soil carbon, terrestrial carbon sink, vegetation carbon