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Net carbon emissions from deforestation in Bolivia during 1990-2000 and 2000-2010: results from a carbon bookkeeping model

Andersen, Lykke E. and Doyle, Anna Sophia and del Granado, Susana and Ledezma, Juan Carlos and Medinaceli, Agnes and Valdivia, Montserrat and Weinhold, Diana (2016) Net carbon emissions from deforestation in Bolivia during 1990-2000 and 2000-2010: results from a carbon bookkeeping model. PLOS One, 11 (3). e0151241. ISSN 1932-6203

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Identification Number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151241

Abstract

Accurate estimates of global carbon emissions are critical for understanding global warming. This paper estimates net carbon emissions from land use change in Bolivia during the periods 1990-2000 and 2000-2010 using a model that takes into account deforestation, forest degradation, forest regrowth, gradual carbon decomposition and accumulation, as well as heterogeneity in both above ground and below ground carbon contents at the 10 by 10 km grid level. The approach permits detailed maps of net emissions by region and type of land cover. We estimate that net CO2 emissions from land use change in Bolivia increased from about 65 million tons per year during 1990-2000 to about 93 million tons per year during 2000-2010, while CO2 emissions per capita and per unit of GDP have remained fairly stable over the sample period. If we allow for estimated biomass to increase in mature forests, net CO2 emissions drop to close to zero. Finally, we find these results are robust to alternative methods of calculating emissions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 10:22
Projects: 104.Bolivia.813-203.LPB, 107871-001
Funders: INESAD by Danida, International Development Research Centre
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65770

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