Laurisilva carbon sequestration analyses.
Within Life Nieblas, the University of La Laguna is monitoring CO2 fluxes of a cloud laurel forest. This will provide useful information about the potential of carbon sequestration by the forest in foggy environments. Measurements are being carried out in real time with an eddy covariance system installed in the Anaga Massif in Tenerife, at a site frequently affected by fog and located in the Anaga Rural Park were a fully developed Laurisilva forest is found.
The role that forests play in global carbon balance is highly relevant as they can become a source, a sink or a carbon pool. Forests represent important carbon pools that continuously exchange CO2 with the atmosphere. They become CO2 sinks when they produce biomass for growing and/or expanding, but they represent CO2 sources when they burn or when are disturbed by natural processes or by human actions. Improving forest management, conservation and reforestation contributes to mitigating human-induced climate change by increasing the rate and amount of carbon sequestered in the forest biomass.
Data collected from this case study and the analyses undertaken will help Life Nieblas team understand how the future reforestation areas could help in climate mitigation efforts.