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A Meta-analysis on the Effect of Forest Thinning on Diameter Growth and Carbon Stocks in Korea
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  • Journal title : Journal of Korean Forest Society
  • Volume 104, Issue 4,  2015, pp.527-535
  • Publisher : Korean Forest Society
  • DOI : 10.14578/jkfs.2015.104.4.527
 Title & Authors
A Meta-analysis on the Effect of Forest Thinning on Diameter Growth and Carbon Stocks in Korea
Lee, Jongyeol; Han, Seung Hyun; Kim, Seongjun; Lee, Sohye; Son, Yeong Mo; Son, Yowhan;
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 Abstract
With results from previous Korean studies on forest thinning, we conducted a meta-analysis on the effect of thinning on diameter at breast height (DBH) growth and carbon (C) stocks (tree, litter layer, coarse woody debris (CWD), and soils) in Korean forests. Thinning increased the DBH growth and the C stocks in soils by 39.2% and 12.8%, respectively, while it decreased the C stocks in tree by 30.9%. In contrast, thinning had no significant effect on the C stocks in litter layer and CWD. The DBH growth and the C stocks in tree showed significant correlations with thinning intensity and recovery time. The C stocks in litter layer correlated with recovery time while those in CWD and soils did not show significant correlation neither with thinning intensity nor with recovery time. Regression models of the DBH growth and the C stocks in tree were developed to quantify the effect of thinning intensity and recovery time. An integration of the regression model of the tree C stock into forest carbon models is expected to be essential to quantify the effect of thinning on the C stocks in litter layer, CWD, and soils. We also suggested expansion of study species, long-term and frequent monitoring, and investigation on understory vegetation in order to elucidate changes in Korean forests following thinning practices.
 Keywords
forest thinning;meta-analysis;diameter at breast height;carbon stocks;
 Language
Korean
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