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Oliveira Garcia, Wagner de; et al. (2018): Increasing biomass demand enlarges negative forest nutrient budget areas in wood export regions

Oliveira Garcia, Wagner de; Amann, Thorben; Hartmann, Jens (2018): Increasing biomass demand enlarges negative forest nutrient budget areas in wood export regions. In Scientific reports 8 (1), p. 5280. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22728-5.

"Energy production from biomass is one of the adopted strategies in different European countries to limit global warming to within the 1.5–2° targets after the 2015 UN climate agreement. This will motivate enhanced forest harvest rates and whole tree harvest to supply the increasing biomass demand. Negative nutrient budgets for certain timberland areas where geogenic nutrient supply cannot cope with harvesting rates will be one consequence. A spatially explicit analysis for a U.S. timberland area of 33,570 km2 reveals that for a minimum nutrient loss and supply scenario, negative nutrient budgets occur in 17, 20, 16, and almost 94% of the studied areas for Ca, K, Mg, and P, respectively."

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