The fields of ecology and biogeochemistry hold tremendous potential to contribute to our understanding of climate change. The majority of research to date has focused on describing the problem - estimating rates of carbon losses and greenhouse gas emissions from natural and managed ecosystems. More research is needed to explore potential solutions to climate change through mitigation and adaptation. I will discuss an integrated set of studies aimed at critically evaluating the ecological and biogeochemical potential of agriculture and grasslands to help mitigate climate change through soil carbon sequestration. I will start by discussing a study where we ‘queried the atmosphere’ to identify the global potential of agricultural management to lower global temperatures. I will then present results from field and modeling studies that examine the potential to convert high emitting organic waste to soil amendments for carbon sequestration and ecosystem rehabilitation.
Speaker: Whendee Silver, UC Berkeley
Editor's Note: Whendee Silver was originally scheduled to present on Nov 15.
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