One of the priorities of Future Woodlands Scotland research is to yield information on site specific changes in carbon as a native woodland develops. This can be achieved through monitoring which provides robust data to enable changes in carbon stocks in both vegetation and soils to be assessed. Carbon can be monitored using consistent and repeatable methodology over the long-term.
Future Woodlands Scotland aims to increase the body of scientific knowledge concerning changes in soil and tree carbon stocks, which could ultimately enable a calculation of the net carbon benefits native forests can bring.
Some research into carbon at the 14 SFA sites across Scotland has been undertaken (see links below).
For more detailed information about our methodology and research