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Datasets of changes in European land carbon

The latest estimates on European land carbon sinks are published in Janssens et al. (2003) and Nabuurs et al. (2003). These studies are based on (historic) forest inventory data, agricultural production data and models to convert these data to estimates of carbon stocks and fluxes. Figure 3.4 shows the evolution of the European forest sector carbon sink over the period 1950-1999. The increasing sink strength must be attributed to an increase in net annual increment of the forest since the 1960's and a more or less stable harvesting rate. The increase in increment is probably influenced by a complex of factors: changes in the age class distribution of the forest, increased nitrogren deposition and changes in forest management.

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