Structure and Carbon Dynamics of Boreal Forests

Regions: South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, biology, forestry, carbon fluxes

Principal Investigator: Osawa, Akira (26)
Licence Number: 14384
Organization: Kyoto University, Graduate School of Agriculture
Licenced Year(s): 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Issued: Jul 09, 2008
Project Team: Nahoko Kurachi-Osawa (Aboveground litter analysis, logistics, Hiraoka Forest Institute), Hatena Osawa (Field assistant, Aoyama Junior High School)

Objective(s): Main objective of this research is to collect data in jack pine forests on annual movement of organic matter and carbon. This data will suggest how much carbon is being retained in the forest system as a carbon sink.

Project Description: This licence is issued for the scientific research application #863.

Main objective of this research is to collect data in jack pine forests on annual movement of organic matter and carbon. This data will suggest how much carbon is being retained in the forest system as a carbon sink. To obtain this data, the researchers will measure the growth of fine roots and amount of aboveground forest litter. Additional objective is to establish some study plots of black spruce for a similar study of carbon dynamics in those ecosystems.

Five methods will be used. 1) Soil and air temperature will be measured with sensors and data loggers. 2) Aboveground forest litter will be collected with the litter traps. 3) Several trees will be cut, and weights of their organs will be measured to improve accuracy of our tree biomass equations. 4) Annual growth of fine roots will be estimated by setting the thin soil columns in the study plots. 5) A few study plots of black spruce will be established, marked permanently for a similar study of carbon dynamics. Tree sizes and numbers of these stands will be measured as the base-line data.

The researchers are willing to give a seminar on their research activity to the local community. They may also organize a field trip to the study site with South Slave Research Centre for explaining the research activities to interested persons.
Fieldwork will take place from July 21 to August 09, 2008. The study will be conducted at: (1) Forest stands adjacent to and along Highway #5, between the Park boundary of Wood Buffalo National Park west of Fort Smith and Angus Tower; (2) Black spruce stands outside of Wood Buffalo National Park and along Highway #5, between the Park boundary west of Fort Smith and the intersection between the road leading to Thebacha Campground and Highway #5 (excluding the settlement near the Salt River). These are both outside Wood Buffalo National Park boundary. Fort Smith will act as the base camp for this research.