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Table 4 Comparison of existing C sequestration projections.

From: Quantifying the effectiveness of climate change mitigation through forest plantations and carbon sequestration with an integrated land-use model

Reference Total C sequestration (Pg C yr-1) Areal C sequestration (Mg C ha-1yr-1) Period Remarks
Global studies
This study (social potential) 0.12 – 0.17 0.68 – 1.33 0.9 – 1.3 0.8 – 1.3 2000–2050 2000–2100 Considering sequestration on abandoned agricultural land only
[10] 0.2–0.58   2008–2012  
[22] 0.2 – 1   2000–2050 Conservative potential for 50-year period
[55] 0.3–2.9 0.8–1.6 2000–2075 Large variation due to different assumptions on yields
[61] avg 1.04   1995–2095  
[62] 0.15–0.8   2008–2012  
[63] 0.6–1.2   2000–2050 Only in degraded land soils. Total potential is 30–60 Pg C.
Regional studies (Compared to Table 3)
[22] 0.02–0.05    Europe, a 100-year period
[23]   2–3.5   Average sequestration of tropical forests during an 80-year period
[55]     Only above-ground sequestration. soil decomposition fluxes excluded
   0.6–1   Canada
   0.5–11   USA (many studies summarized)
   1.4–2.3   Western Europe
   7.5–7.7   Australia
[64] 0.006   2010 EU25 countries
  0.01   2020  
  0.02   2030  
[65] 0.05 0.12   2100 EU15. only soils Wider Europe (excl. Russia). only soils
[66]   0.3–0.6   European forests during 2008–2012
[67]   0.35   North-west Russia
[68]   1.4 1999–2000 Canada
[69] 0.88 0.3 Current Sink of all boreal and temperate forests
  0.11 0.52   All European forests
  0.43 0.48   All Russian forests
  0.10 0.25   All Canadian forests
  0.17 0.56   All US forests