About CARE4C

Project Duration

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021

Forest ecosystems are important components of the global carbon cycle in at least two ways. First, among terrestrial ecosystems, forests are major sinks contributors that remove nearly 3 billion tons of anthropogenic carbon each year through net growth, absorbing about 30% of all CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning and net deforestation. Second, 4 billion hectares of forest ecosystems (about 30% of the global land area) store large reservoirs of carbon, together holding more than double the amount of carbon being in the atmosphere (Candell & Raupach 2008).
Adapting forest management to the challenge of climate change requires the evaluation of its impact in the medium to long term and the determination of measures that can be undertaken to reduce this impact in the future (Spittlehouse & Stewart, 2003, Allen et al. 2010).
A broader-level approach comprising both the carbon sequestration in the growing biomass but also the utilization oriented path in the harvesting part of biomass, can be expected to provide overarching knowledge to define carbon smart forest management systems to cope with climate change.

Background of CARE4C

The project “Carbon smart forestry under climate change (CARE4C)” focuses at researching CO2 sequestration by forest growth at cell, organ, tree and forest stand level and at estimating CO2 emissions from forest operations including all activities from tree felling to material transportation towards a processing facility. By including risk management CARE4C strives to develop carbon smart forest management strategies.

Objectives of CARE4C

  • Analyse, quantify and model the carbon sink resulting from forest growth
  • Analyse, quantify and model the carbon source by forest operations and risks caused by biotic and abiotic factors
  • Combine the sink and source aspects to an integrated picture and balance of the whole
  • Publish and teach our results and new concept of a carbon smart forestry to enhance knowledge and skills at individual and organizational level
  • Disseminate achievements and communicate the project to forest science, forest practice, general public and policy makers at local, regional, national and EU level to foster a lower-carbon emitting society

Work Packages & Tasks of CARE4C


WP 2, Task 1
Physiological and morpholocial responses of trees to climate change (WP2, task 1)
WP 2, T2
Within tree partitioning and allometry shift under climate change (WP2, task 2)
WP2, T3
Resource partitioning between trees in a stand under climate change (WP2, task 3)
WP3, T1
Carbon footprint of the value chain under climate change (WP3, task 1)
WP3, T2
Risk assessment of forests under climate change (WP3, task 2)
WP3, T3
Carbon emmission and risk management strategies under climate change (WP3, task 3)

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