Academic Venture Fund - 2009

Assessing Carbon Sequestration in Complex Agricultural Landscapes

Farm field

Major national and international initiatives are in place to address emissions from the energy and industrial sectors, but there are no comparable carbon provisions for agriculture. A significant barrier has been the absence of viable methods for assessing agricultural emissions, sequestration, and storage. This project will provide a practical approach to landscape-level carbon accounting. The group will use statistical methods to identify the minimum data set required for rigorous but cost-effective monitoring of changes in soil health in complex agricultural landscapes. This new methodology will support emerging efforts to promote and regulate climate-friendly agriculture in the United States and around the world.

Investigators: James Lassoie, Philip McMichael, Alex Travis, Todd Walter, David Wolfe