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dc.contributor.authorGann, Sara Bethen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T16:06:44Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T16:06:44Z
dc.date.issued2003-06-13en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-08052003-135647en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/10142
dc.description.abstractTrees in urban areas store carbon directly through photosynthesis, but they also provide the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions produced by fossil-fuel burning power plants, by means of energy conservation from strategically-planted trees near buildings, as well as by area-wide reductions in the urban heat island effect. Quantifying the role of urban forests is an important prerequisite to managing the vegetation to optimize benefits, and also serves to assign value to the important ecosystem services provided by urban trees. Decisions by policy-makers regarding the management and use of urban trees requires accurate and precise information about the state of the resource. This paper creates a methodology for conducting a carbon inventory in an urban forest in the Washington, DC area, one that requires a minimum of data gathering. The methodology could serve as a tool for other similar high-density urban areas to measure carbon resources in urban forests and to serve as the basis for further research. Carbon trading systems may provide opportunities for forest owners to sell carbon credits to entities that produce CO2 in excess of national or international limits; quantifying urban forest carbon would be necessary as a baseline for future carbon offset projects.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartFinalMFPaper.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectmethodologyen_US
dc.subjecturban foresten_US
dc.subjectcarbon sequestrationen_US
dc.subjectHunting Creek watersheden_US
dc.titleA Methodology for Inventorying Stored Carbon in An Urban Foresten_US
dc.typeMajor paperen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Forestryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Forestryen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairTrauger, David L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPrisley, Stephen P.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCross, Gerald H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSampson, R. Neilen_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-08052003-135647en_US
dc.date.sdate2003-08-05en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-08-18
dc.date.adate2003-08-18en_US


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