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Identifying potential sources of variability between vegetation carbon storage estimates for urban areas

Davies, Zoe G., Dallimer, Martin, Edmondson, Jill L., Leake, Jonathan R., Gaston, Kevin J. (2013) Identifying potential sources of variability between vegetation carbon storage estimates for urban areas. Environmental Pollution, 183 . pp. 133-142. ISSN 0269-7491. (doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2013.06.005) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

understudied ecosystems. Research into urban ecosystem service provision is still an emerging field, yet evidence is accumulating rapidly to suggest that the biological carbon stores in cities are more substantial than previously assumed. However, as more vegetation carbon densities are derived, substantial variability between these estimates is becoming apparent. Here, we review procedural differences evident in the literature, which may be drivers of variation in carbon storage assessments. Additionally, we quantify the impact that some of these different approaches may have when extrapolating carbon figures derived from surveys up to a city-wide scale. To understand how/why carbon stocks vary within and between cities, researchers need to use more uniform methods to estimate stores and relate this quantitatively to standardised ‘urbanisation’ metrics, in order to facilitate comparisons.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.envpol.2013.06.005
Uncontrolled keywords: Above-ground; Ecosystem services; Spatial ecology; Urban forest; Urbanisation
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Zoe Davies
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2013 09:46 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37266 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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