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The Landing: where data and forests meet.

When we think about the carbon stored in forests, we need to think about change. Carbon sequestration represents the amount carbon accumulated in a forest over a specific time period. Carbon stored in long-term wood products benefits future generations.

This month's newsletter highlights what we can learn from the past. Twenty years of research on forest carbon allows us to reflect on the tremendous growth of the topic. Many forest products companies continue to rely on out-of-date forest inventories to make accurate estimates of carbon. Trustworthy methods for converting boards and cords measurements of the past to carbon stocks in the future are required. 

The motivation for accurate estimates of carbon is driven in part by forest carbon markets. When thinking about how markets will operate in the future, we also need to be aware of the continued forest health challenges that forests face.  

With gratitude,

Matt Russell 

The number of research publications on forest carbon has exploded in recent years. What was the most popular topic in forest carbon research 20 years ago? What about today? This post explores trends in forest carbon research in the last 20 years using text mining.
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Many forest carbon markets are proposing delaying harvesting so that more carbon accumulates over time. This post describes the need to discuss stand age and species composition when we talk about forest carbon. 

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Got forest inventory data in volume but want to know carbon? New post outlines how to calculate carbon in forests by converting from merchantable tree volume.
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The paper "Nine tips to improve your everyday forest data analysis" is now published in the November issues of the Journal of Forestry. This is an article for forestry professionals that use data in their daily work. 
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Slides and code resources from the R Statistical Software for Invasive Species Applications workshop at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference are now available. The workshop provided an introduction to R software and how it can be used to acquire, analyze, and visualize invasive species data.
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