Carbon stocks estimates for French forests

G. Pignard, J.L. Dupouey, D. Arrouays, D. Loustau


This paper gives a short description of the data and methods used for inventorying the carbon stocks in the biomass and soil pools in metropolitan French forests. The data concerning the biomass pools are measured by the French National Forest Inventory (NFI) while data necessary to estimate the soil carbon pools are obtained from the 16 x 16 km soil inventory of the International Cooperative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests in the UN/ECE. Some of the problems raised by the implementation of the Kyoto protocol articles 3.3 and 3.4 in France are discussed and a preliminary estimate of the changes in relevant carbon storage is given.


france; forests; carbon; soil; biomass; measurement; land-use; forestry-production; evaluation; elements; europe; nonmetals; production; vegetation; western-europe

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