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Impact of thinning on carbon storage of dead organic matter across larch and oak stands in South Korea

Seongjun Kim (1), Seung Hyun Han (1), Jongyeol Lee (1), Choonsig Kim (2), Sang-Tae Lee (3), Yowhan Son (1-4)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 593-598 (2016)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1776-008
Published: Mar 01, 2016 - Copyright © 2016 SISEF

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Dead organic matter is important in carbon (C) sequestration because it accounts for a significant proportion of forest C storage. As thinning could alter the C storage of dead organic matter, this study aimed to assess the effect of thinning on the C storage of dead organic matter including the forest floor, mineral soil at a depth of 0-30 cm, and coarse woody debris in larch and oak forests in South Korea. Differing intensities of thinning were applied to four larch and four oak stands, and the C storage of dead organic matter in thinned and control plots was compared three years after thinning. The effect sizes were estimated based on Hedges’ d to measure the influence of thinning. Total C storage of dead organic matter tended to be higher in the thinned plots (larch: 82.45 Mg C ha-1 and oak: 82.56 Mg C ha-1) than in the control plots (larch: 72.07 Mg C ha-1 and oak: 74.79 Mg C ha-1). However, estimation of effect size found that the cumulative effect size was not significant for the C storage of the forest floor, mineral soil, coarse woody debris, and dead organic matter. Only a few of the individual treatments exhibited significant effect sizes for mineral soil C storage in two larch stands and coarse woody debris C storage in two oak stands. The results indicated that the applied thinning treatments might have no consistently significant impact on the C storage of dead organic matter in the larch and oak stands after three years, though thinning may have had an idiosyncratic influence on the C storage of dead organic matter in a few of the study stands.


Carbon Sequestration, Dead Organic Matter, Effect Size, Forest Thinning

Authors’ address

Seongjun Kim
Seung Hyun Han
Jongyeol Lee
Yowhan Son
Department of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, Graduate School, Korea University, Seoul 02841 (Korea)
Choonsig Kim
Department of Forest Resources, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology, Jinju 52725 (Korea)
Sang-Tae Lee
Forest Practice Research Center, National Institute of Forest Science, Pocheon 11186 (Korea)
Yowhan Son
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University, Doha (Qatar)

Corresponding author

Yowhan Son


Kim S, Han SH, Lee J, Kim C, Lee S-T, Son Y (2016). Impact of thinning on carbon storage of dead organic matter across larch and oak stands in South Korea. iForest 9: 593-598. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1776-008

Academic Editor

Ana Rey

Paper history

Received: Jul 23, 2015
Accepted: Nov 25, 2015

First online: Mar 01, 2016
Publication Date: Aug 09, 2016
Publication Time: 3.23 months

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