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Satellite data show increased biomass carbon stocks in northern young forests


Accurate estimates of the land carbon sink are vital for informing climate projections and net-zero policies. Application of a strict filtering method to microwave satellite data enabled the evaluation of global vegetation biomass carbon dynamics for 2010–2019. The results highlight the role of demography in driving forest carbon gains and losses.

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Fig. 1: Total live biomass changes during 2010–2019 and the relationship with forest age.


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This is a summary of: Yang, H. et al. Global increase in biomass carbon stock dominated by growth of northern young forests over past decade. Nat. Geosci. (2023).

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Satellite data show increased biomass carbon stocks in northern young forests. Nat. Geosci. 16, 843–844 (2023).

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