Limited increases in savanna carbon stocks over decades of fire suppression

Yong Zhou, Jenia Singh, John Butnor, Corli Coetsee, Peter Boucher, Madelon Case, Evan Hockridge, Andrew Davies & Carla Staver
Savannas cover a fifth of the land surface and contribute a third of terrestrial net primary production, accounting for three quarters of global area burned and over half of global fire-driven carbon emissions. Fire suppression and afforestation have been proposed as tools to increase carbon sequestration in these ecosystems. A robust quantification of whole-ecosystem carbon storage in savannas is lacking, however, especially under altered fire regimes. Here, we provide the first direct estimates of whole-ecosystem...
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