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Name: Francis
Status: educator
Grade: 9-12
Location: IL
Country: USA
Date: Fall 2012


Question:
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.



Replies:
Francis,

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 Meteorologist Climate Research Section Environmental Science Division Argonne National Laboratory



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