Resources Science ›› 2019, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (9): 1641-1654.doi: 10.18402/resci.2019.09.06

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Research progress of forestry carbon issues related to land use, land-use change and forestry

XU Enyin1,2,TAO Yun1,2,YANG Hongqiang1,2,3()   

  1. 1. College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
    2. Research Center for Economics and Trade in Forest Products, The State Forestry Administration, Nanjing 210037, China
    3. Center for the Yangtze River Delta’s Socioeconomic Development, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2019-04-02 Revised:2019-07-12 Online:2019-09-25 Published:2019-09-25
  • Contact: YANG Hongqiang


The carbon issues associated with land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) is an important issue affecting adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Clarifying the international research progress related to forestry and carbon issues in the past 20 years is of great significance for the formulation and adjustment of forestry policies in response to climate change. This article analyzes 175 documents in the Web of Science database from 1999 to 2018 and summarizes the research trends of LULUCF carbon research with the CiteSpace tool. The results show that: (1) The current research topics of LULUCF are “improvement of systems and methods,” “forest management behavior,” and “environmental objectives.” (2) Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States are the main countries studying LULUCF. They focus on deforestation, forestry projects, economic issues, and sectoral response mechanisms respectively. (3) The focuses of social science research on LULUCF are land use management, response mechanism of policies, and economic problems. The main methods are engineering management and economics approaches represented by scenario analysis and general equilibrium models. This article provides some relevant suggestions for future research on LULUCF: improving LULUCF carbon accounting methods and the theory and means of monitoring land use and dynamic changes; paying attention to the scientific evaluation of forest management projects and its influence on the adjustment of forestry policies; and accelerating LULUCF carbon budget research and the formulation of emission reduction plans by land use sectors.

Key words: LULUCF, CiteSpace, forestry carbon, cluster, forest management projects, carbon budget, carbon offset