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Above- and belowground terrestrial carbon per country

Carbon (C) storage in biomass (biological material) is a key link in the global carbon cycle, and consequently for climate change mitigation. Biomass binds carbon from the atmosphere (CO2) as it grows. Forests in particular are an important Carbon sink that help reduce the greenhouse effect. This map represents above- and below-ground terrestrial carbon storage (tonnes (t) of C per hectare (ha)) per country for circa 2010. Above-ground biomass (stem, bark, branches, twigs...) and below-ground biomass (stump, roots...) were extracted from available biomass carbon datasets, summed together and multiplied by 0.5 to convert to carbon.

Map elaborated by Battistella, L. (July 2020) using Soto-Navarro, C., et al., 2020. Above and below ground biomass carbon density.


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