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Name: Francis
Status: educator
Grade: 9-12
Location: IL
Country: USA
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 Meteorologist Climate Research Section Environmental Science Division Argonne National Laboratory

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