Forest fragmentation and carbon sequestration

Using field measurements conducted in Massachusetts and geospatial analyses of southern New England, researchers report that temperate broadleaf forest growth and biomass increase from the forest interior to the forest edge, and that climate change-induced reductions in forest growth are higher at the edge than the interior, suggesting that current carbon balance calculations, which do not account for edge effects, underestimate carbon uptake in temperate broadleaf forests and may inaccurately predict the response of forest growth to future climate change. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-12369: “Edge effects enhance carbon uptake and its vulnerability to climate change in temperate broadleaf forests,” by Andrew B. Reinmann and Lucy R. Hutyra.