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Forests 2017, 8(11), 429; doi:10.3390/f8110429

Carbon Sequestration in Protected Areas: A Case Study of an Abies religiosa (H.B.K.) Schlecht. et Cham Forest

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Área Académica de Química, Instituto de Ciencias Básicas e Ingeniería, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Kilómetro 4.5 carretera Pachuca—Tulancingo, Mineral de la Reforma, Hidalgo 42090, Mexico
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Área Académica de Ciencias Agrícolas y Forestales, Instituto de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Av. Universidad km. 1, Ex. Hda de Aquetzalapa, Tulancingo, Hidalgo 43600, Mexico
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Colegio de Postgraduados, Km 36.5 Carr. México-Texcoco, Montecillo, Texcoco 56230, Mexico
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Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 17 October 2017 / Accepted: 28 October 2017 / Published: 12 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Carbon and Nitrogen in Forest Ecosystems)
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The effects of global climate change have highlighted forest ecosystems as a key element in reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon through photosynthesis. The objective of this study was to estimate the amount of carbon content and its percentage capture in a protected Abies religiosa forest in which the study area was zoned with satellite image analysis. Dendrometric and epidometric variables were used to determine the volume and increase of aerial biomass, and stored carbon and its capture rate using equations. The results indicate that this forest contains an average of 105.72 MgC ha−1, with an estimated sequestration rate of 1.03 MgC ha−1 yr−1. The results show that carbon capture increasing depends on the increase in volume. Therefore, in order to achieve the maximum yield in a forest, it is necessary to implement sustainable forest management that favors the sustained use of soil productivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; protected forest; carbon sequestration; Abies religiosa climate change; protected forest; carbon sequestration; Abies religiosa
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Fragoso-López, P.I.; Rodríguez-Laguna, R.; Otazo-Sánchez, E.M.; González-Ramírez, C.A.; Valdéz-Lazalde, J.R.; Cortés-Blobaum, H.J.; Razo-Zárate, R. Carbon Sequestration in Protected Areas: A Case Study of an Abies religiosa (H.B.K.) Schlecht. et Cham Forest. Forests 2017, 8, 429.

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