Henrys, P.A.; Keith, A.; Wood, C.M.

Model estimates of aboveground carbon for Great Britain

This dataset presents estimates of total carbon stored in vegetation across Great Britain (GB). Presented as carbon density (tonnes per hectare) the data was obtained by estimating carbon density values for each land cover type and then projecting across GB using the 2007 Land Cover Map. Countryside Survey data from 2007 was also used to derive the carbon density estimates for each land cover type and as such the dataset is a representation for 2007. Changes in size and productivity of the aboveground carbon pool may act as a sink or source for carbon dioxide. As such, the carbon stored in vegetation and its spatial distribution plays a vital role in climate regulation.

Publication date: 2016-03-22

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Format of the dataset : Esri Shapefile

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Henrys, P.A.; Keith, A.; Wood, C.M. (2016). Model estimates of aboveground carbon for Great Britain. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/9be652e7-d5ce-44c1-a5fc-8349f76f5f5c


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Study area
Temporal extent
1994-07-01    to    2007-10-31


Carbon in vegetation calculated by estimating carbon densities for each land cover type, from either extensive literature search or published timber volume relationships, and scaling up to GB using land cover map 2007. For woodlands the carbon density estimates are age and species specific and therefore use data from the Woodland Inventory of Great Britain on the demographic distribution and data from Countryside Survey 2007 on the spatial distribution of woodland species composition.


Henrys, P.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Keith, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
CEH Topic
Natural capital
Theme keywords
vegetation carbon
climate regulation
carbon sequestration
land cover
carbon density

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