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Webinar on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration

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Committee on Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

Webinar on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration

September 14, 11 AM EDT

Webinar Objective: To provide an introduction to terrestrial carbon sequestration and explore the costs, challenges, and benefits of introducing management practices and land use changes that increase carbon sequestration.


11:00 Opening Remarks

Keith Paustian, Committee Member

11:10 Quantifying Opportunities for CO2 Removal through Regeneration of US Forest Land: An Initial Estimate

Al Sample, George Mason University

Dr. Sample will discuss the total potential carbon removal that could be obtained by regenerating lands deforested in large-scale disturbances such as wildfires, pest infestations, and timber harvesting. He will also discuss the need for additional research to characterize the technical and financial feasibility of actions to increase carbon removal, integrating spatial with ground-based data.

11:30 Q&A

11:35 Global Potential and Impacts of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration Measures

Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK

Dr. Smith will explore the global potential for carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils through soil carbon sequestration, biochar, afforestation/reforestation and natural ecosystem restoration. He will present the impact on a range of other indications (e.g. GHG, land, water, physical climate impacts, energy and costs) and compare these biological sequestration options with other engineered greenhouse gas removal options.

11:55 Q&A

12:00 Managing Carbon Sequestration through Soil Health

Steven Shafer, Soil Health Institute

Managing soil health can be the means to achieve many desired ends in agricultural production and environmental quality. Management principles and actual field practices implemented to enhance soil health also support the physical, chemical, and biological processes that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in soil, providing many benefits to food production and soil, water, and air. This presentation will provide an overview of these principles, some management practices, and the actions that the Soil Health Institute advocates and supports to promote soil health on a broad scale.

12:20 Q&A

12:25 Policy and Research Needs to Scale Up Agricultural Soil C Sequestration

Sian Mooney, Arizona State University

This presentation will include a review of existing research, identifying what is well known and needs for additional investments in research. The focus will be on economic/social science information to support implementation of policies and incentives to scale up soil C sequestration activities.

12:45 Q&A

12:50 Follow-up questions/comments

1:00 Adjourn Webinar

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