Study: Carbon Emissions From Logging Debris Could be "Vastly Underestimated"

Logged forests in Central Africa may contain more than three times as much carbon-emitting woody debris left on the forest floor after logging than previous estimates have suggested, a new Duke University-led study finds.

The researchers measured the debris, known as deadwood, at 47 forest sites in the Central African nation of Gabon.

“We found that selectively logged forests in Gabon contained nearly twice as much deadwood as unlogged forests, and up to 3.8 times more than past estimates indicated,” said John R. Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.



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