Date: Fall 2012
How is the carbon sequestration capacity of a grassland or prairie calculated? I am looking for total capacity, above ground capacity and below ground capacity.
We calculate the carbon sequestration of our AmeriFlux prairie
site through summing measurements of the change in carbon in underground soil and roots and above ground biomass, and atmosphere-surface exchange of carbon dioxide above the vegetation surface (carbon dioxide taken up by or released by the vegetation and soil into/from the air above).
David R. Cook
Climate Research Section
Environmental Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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