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Peter Weiss & Bernhard Schlamadinger

Research activities related to the role of forests and forestry in climate change mitigation in Austria

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Abstract

Forests and forestry play important roles in Austria with its close to 50% forest cover. This paper provides details about the Austrian forest carbon inventory, discusses briefly the sources and sinks accounted under the LULUCF Articles of the Kyoto Protocol, and presents an integrated carbon model (ACBM) that was developed to include not only the forest sector, but also other sectors that are greenhouse-gas relevant. Improvements in forest management practices are seen as important possibilities of increasing the carbon sink strength of Austrian forests, but also of pursuing other goals such as increased biodiversity and resistance to future climate-change impacts. This paper concludes by presenting a process model and a carbon accounting model that are applicable for evaluating carbon impacts of changes in forest management.

Keywords : Austria, carbon balance, carbon fluxes, carbon stocks, forest carbon inventory, forest management, full carbon accounting, tree growth

To cite this article

Peter Weiss & Bernhard Schlamadinger, «Research activities related to the role of forests and forestry in climate change mitigation in Austria», BASE [En ligne], Volume 4 (2000), Numéro 4, 252-258 URL : https://popups.ulg.ac.be/1780-4507/index.php?id=15043.

About: Peter Weiss

Department for Forests. Federal Environment Agency. Spittelauerlände, 5. A–1090 Vienna (Austria). E-mail: weissp@ubavie.gv.at

About: Bernhard Schlamadinger

Joanneum Research. Institute of Energy Research. Elisabethstrasse, 5. A–8010 Graz (Austria).