It would be fascinating to know how much carbon is stored in our trees at Waikereru. The scientists at Kew Gardens in London have used LIDAR, a laser 3D imaging technique, to find out. Turns out most of the carbon is stored below ground in the soil and networks of fungi beneath the forest. Read more here:
Based on data gathered from UK Forest Research (Waring et al. 2020), in temperate forests in the UK approximately
- 17% of the total carbon is stored in tree above-ground tissues,
- 6% is stored in roots
- 5% is stored in surface litter and dead wood, and
- a vast 72% stays in the soil where it can remain for long periods helping to mitigate climate change.
Some related research:
- What role can forests play in tackling climate change? (Waring et al. 2020)