Work Package E: Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)
Review of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks associated with LULUCF, including peat, deforestation, agriculture, and coastal sinks.
About half of the carbon dioxide so far released into the atmosphere has been absorbed by the terrestrial biosphere and oceans. This carbon is then said to be have been stored in ‘sinks’. This work focuses on the scientific review and assessment of the state of knowledge on greenhouse gas emissions and sinks.
When forests are cut down, or there are changes in land management, the amount of carbon stored in the terrestrial biosphere changes. Similarly, coastal management may influence the amount of carbon that is taken up and stored by the ocean and by coastal systems.
This work focuses on assessing the potential role that management of carbon sinks has in contributing to climate change mitigation and thus avoiding dangerous climate change.