The purpose of this data-file is to estimate the impacts of bio-diversity on carbon absorption in forests. We have done this by reviewing ten technical papers.
The average result in global meta-studies is that bio-diverse forests take up 15-25% more CO2 than mono-culture counterparts.
The best studies found that highly bio-diverse restoration projects can take up 50-70% more CO2, which was also correlated with the total number of species in a classic ‘log’ relationship.
Full details of individual studies, and our notes, follow in the data-file.