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Research article
13 Apr 2010
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Earth System Dynamics (ESD). The revised manuscript was not accepted.
Analyzing the carbon dynamics in north western Portugal: calibration and application of Forest-BGC
M. A. Rodrigues1,2, D. M. Lopes3, S. M. Leite1,4, and V. M. Tabuada1,5 1Physics Department, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
2ESSJE – Escola Secundária de S. João do Estoril, Cascais, Portugal
3Forest Sciences Department, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
4CITAB – Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences, Vila Real, Portugal
5IM, I.P. – Meteorological Institute of Vila Real, Portugal
Abstract. Net primary production (NPP) is an important variable that allows monitoring forestry ecosystems fixation of atmospheric Carbon. The importance of monitoring the sequestred carbon is related to the binding commitments established by the Kyoto Protocol. There are ecophysiologic models, as Forest-BGC that allow for estimating NPP. In a first stage, this study aims to analyze the climate evolution at the Vila Real administrative district during the last decades. The historical information will be observed in order to detect the past tendencies of evolution. Past will help us to predict future. In a next stage these tendencies will be used to infer the impact of these change scenarios on the net primary production of the forest ecosystems from this study area. For a parameterization and validation of the FOREST-BGC, this study was carried on based on 500 m2 sampling plots from the National Forest Inventory 2006 and are located in several County Halls of the district of Vila Real (Montalegre, Chaves, Valpaços, Boticas, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Murça, Mondim de Basto, Alijó, Sabrosa and Vila Real). In order to quantify Biomass dinamics, we have selected 45 sampling plots: 19 from Pinus pinaster stands, 17 from Quercus pyrenaica and 10 from mixed of Quercus pyrenaica with Pinus pinaster. Adaptation strategies for climate change impacts can be proposed based on these research results.

Citation: Rodrigues, M. A., Lopes, D. M., Leite, S. M., and Tabuada, V. M.: Analyzing the carbon dynamics in north western Portugal: calibration and application of Forest-BGC, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss.,, 2010.
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Interactive discussionStatus: closed
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SC C30: 'Pedro Agustín Robledo Ardila', Pedro A. Robledo, 19 May 2010 Printer-friendly Version 
RC C40: 'REVIEW', Anonymous Referee #1, 21 Jun 2010 Printer-friendly Version 
RC C52: 'reviewing ESDD manuscript: esd-2010-3', Anonymous Referee #2, 20 Aug 2010 Printer-friendly Version 
AC C63: 'Reply to all referees', Mónica Alexandra Rodrigues, 06 Sep 2010 Printer-friendly Version 
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