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Evaluating Management Options to Increase Roadside Carbon Sequestration II

Started: April, 2017 End Date: December, 2017 Project ID #4W6637 Status: Ongoing

Objective

The objective of this project is to extend an existing research effort to determine if changing three different management practices of roadside vegetation and soils can increase existing levels of carbon capture and storage.

Abstract

Interest has recently been increasing in the potential for roadside vegetation and soils to capture and store carbon in order to reduce the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2). Previous research demonstrates the great potential for easily accessible roadsides to be more focused on active carbon management. Unfortunately, no management guides have quantified methods for maximizing carbon sequestration rates in roadside soils and vegetation while simultaneously meeting safety guidelines. The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) is conducting a study to quantify carbon management outcomes for more northern, colder ecosystems. Components include:
  • estimating how much roadside acreage exists and how much carbon is currently being captured and stored along Montana DOT's roadsides.
  • calculating how much of this acreage is available for active carbon management.
  • constructing experimental plots to determine if changing three different management practices of roadside vegetation and soils can increase existing levels of carbon capture and storage.
This follow-up project will extend the field work for an additional growing season.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) Sponsor

Related Information

Part of: Road Ecology, Vegetation, UAF-CESTiCC

Project Tagged In: carbon sequestration, roadside vegetation

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