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Forest Carbon Succession

The Forest Carbon Succession extension is derived from the Biomass Succession Extension v5.2 for aboveground biomass dynamics, the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector v3 for dead organic matter and soil carbon dynamics plus some unique features.

Contact: Caren Dymond, 
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Copyright: Province of British Columbia
Latest release: April 2020 

User's Guide 

New version works with version 7 of the Core and the Biomass equations have been aligned with Biomass Succession.

Brief Description: The Forest Carbon Succession v3.0 (ForCsv3.0) extension for the LANDIS-II model includes growth, mortality and decay. This extension allows you to track the C in 5 pools for each living age-species cohort, plus 9 dead organic matter and soil pools for each species. The extension reports Total Net Primary Productivity, Heterotrophic Respiration, Net Ecosystem Productivity, Net Biome Productivity and transfers to the forest products sector caused by harvesting. The extension allows you considerable flexibility in adjusting disturbance impacts on carbon pools.

The growth and reproduction generally follow the Biomass Succession (v5.2) extension and the methods outlined in Scheller and Mladenoff (2004) and Scheller and Miranda (2020). In addition, changes in dead organic matter (DOM) and soil carbon are tracked over time. The modelling of decay generally follows the methods of the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector v3 described in Kurz et al. (2009).

The carbon pools tracked in ForCs and available as outputs (g C /m2) are: woody biomass, non-woody biomass, fine roots, coarse roots, foliar litter plus dead fine roots, fine and small woody debris plus dead coarse roots in the forest floor, coarse woody debris, F, H and O horizons, dead fine roots in the mineral soil, dead coarse roots in the mineral soil, humified organic matter in the mineral soil, snag stem wood, and snag other wood.

Developers: BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and ESSA Technologies Ltd

Lineage: First official release in LANDIS-II.

How to cite: Caren Dymond, Sarah Beukeman, Craig Nitschke, Dave Coates, Robert Scheller 2016. Carbon Sequestration in Managed Temperate Coniferous Forests under Climate Change. Biogeosciences, 13, 1933-1947, doi:10.5194/bg-13-1933-2016, 2016

Compatible Disturbance Extensions:  Base FireBase HarvestBase WindBase BDADynamic Fuels and Fire

Compatible Output Extensions:  none, output is built into the extension