Original Articles

Studying Carbon Storage Spatial Distribution of Terrestrial Natural Vegetation in China

  • 1. The State Key Lab of Resources and Environment Information System, Institute of Geography, Beijing 100101;
    2. Luo Chengwen, Zhanjiang Normal School, Zhanjiang 524000

Received date: 1999-02-01

  Revised date: 1999-08-01

  Online published: 1999-08-25


The role of terrestrial ecosystems on global carbon cycle dynamics is more and more noticed. At present, the rate of forest cover in China is 13 92% and it will be 15% at the end of twentieth century. This is more contribued to the balance of global carbon. However, carbon fluxes of terrestrial ecosystems are not accurately defined in China, and people do not recognize enough its importance to global climate change. Not defining accurately the carbon storage of Chinese vegetation and NPP has caused a large difference in carbon flux of terrestrial ecosystems in China. This paper adopts measured data in site and appliys technique of GIS, to acquire cover data of natural vegetation in China, and to calculate carbon and carbon density of every type of natural vegetation. The study establishs a database of terrestrial natural vegetation biomass in China. Meanwhile, we have researched simply the spatial distribution of terrestrial natural vegetation carbon storage in China Then, forest is the main body of natural vegetation in carbon cycle. This paper can provide basic data and analysis methods for global change research and scientific support for policy determination of CO 2 emission in China.

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WANG Shao qiang, ZHOU Cheng hu, LUO Cheng wen . Studying Carbon Storage Spatial Distribution of Terrestrial Natural Vegetation in China[J]. PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY, 1999 , 18(3) : 238 -244 . DOI: 10.11820/dlkxjz.1999.03.007