Discussion Paper

Can Carbon Sinks be Operational? An RFF Workshop Summary

Jul 1, 2001 | Roger A. Sedjo, Michael A. Toman, Richard A. Birdsey, Pekka E. Kauppi, Ian Noble, Sandra Brown, Suzi Kerr, Olga N. Krankina, Pedro Moura-Costa


An RFF Workshop brought together experts from around the world to assess the feasibility of using biological sinks to sequester carbon as part of a global atmospheric mitigation effort. The chapters of this proceeding are a result of that effort. Although the intent of the workshop was not to generate a consensus, a number of studies suggest that sinks could be a relatively inexpensive and effective carbon management tool. The chapters cover a variety of aspects and topics related to the monitoring and measurement of carbon in biological systems. They tend to support the view the carbon sequestration using biological systems is technically feasible with relatively good precision and at relatively low cost. Thus carbon sinks can be operational.