Le Modèle du bilan du carbone du secteur forestier canadien à l'échelle des opérations (MBC-SFC3)

Stephen Kull
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The scientific community, forest managers, environmental organizations, carbon-offset trading systems and policy-makers require tools to account for forest carbon stocks and carbon stock changes. In this brochure we summarize the Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3), what it is, it’s required inputs, potential applications, general functionality, and how results generated can be used for reporting. This model of carbon-dynamics implements a Tier 3 approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Good Practice Guidance for reporting on carbon stocks and carbon stock changes resulting from Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). The CBM-CFS3 is a generic modelling framework that can be applied at the stand, landscape and national levels. The model provides a spatially referenced, hierarchical system for integrating datasets originating from different forest inventory and monitoring programs and includes a structure that allows for tracking of land areas by different land-use and land-use change classes. Ecosystem pools in CBM-CFS3 can be easily mapped to IPCC-defined pools and validated against field measurements. The model uses sophisticated algorithms for converting volume to biomass and explicitly simulates individual annual disturbance events (natural and anthropogenic). Although developed for Canadian forests, the flexible nature of the model has enabled it to be adapted for use in several other countries.