forest carbon stocks

Synonyms

FCS, stock of carbon, carbon stocks

Definition

The total amount of carbon stored on a plot of land at any given time in one or more of the following carbon pools: biomass (above and below ground), dead organic matter (dead wood and litter), and soil organic matter.4 A change in carbon stock can refer to additional carbon storage within a pool, the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere, or the emission of CO2 to the atmosphere. (WRI, 2013)