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Guide for Classifying Lands for Greenhouse Gas Inventories

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Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued new Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry (GPG–LULUCF), which stipulates different data analysis and reporting procedures for changes in carbon storage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for six land classes: forest, cropland, grassland, wetland, settlements, and other lands. However, the GPG–LULUCF does not include a decision tree to support the identification and classification of lands. This is a critical first step necessary to proceed on land classification for subsequent calculation of GHG inventories. This article provides a useful decision tree and dichotomous key for classifying lands according to the GPG–LULUCF. Countries and the international community will need this tool to unify common criteria for land classification.

Keywords: climate change; inventory; land classification

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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