Carbon

Carbon is one of the most important elements found on Earth. The carbon cycle supports all life by transferring carbon between living things and the environment. Plants take up carbon dioxide (CO2) and release oxygen (O2) during photosynthesis, which transfers carbon to their stems, roots, and leaves as they grow. When leaves fall and decompose or when plants die, the carbon that was stored in plants is released through respiration or combustion and transferred back to the atmosphere or to the soil.

Climate change is already having an impact on ecosystems across the world, and many of these changes are expected to continue or accelerate in the future. Opportunities to mitigate atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions is driving interest in managing carbon within ecosystems, highlighting the important role forests and grasslands play in sequestering CO2 and providing a source of renewable energy. At the same time, changes in the Earth’s climate system are altering forests in dramatic ways, which can also have consequences for the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases (Source CCRC).

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying how changes in the atmosphere might impact rangelands throughout the region. With this research under our belt, we can begin strategizing how to adapt our rangeland and grazing management practices to future conditions. The…

Smart Phone or Tablet? We suggest jumping over here for an improved virtual experience!   The need to maintain healthy agricultural soils has never been greater as we face the challenges of climate change and feeding an expanding human population. At…

The CCRC addresses the land manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" The CCRC provides information about climate change impacts on forests and other ecosystems, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation in forests and grasslands. The website…

i-Tree consists of several different applications focused on quantifying the benefits of local trees for neighborhoods and communities. Each application has a unique focus, however several calculate the carbon sequestration and/or energy savings benefits of urban trees.

Allows users to explore, visualize and interpret national to global carbon data from both human activities and natural processes.

The Climate Change Atlas can be used to examine the current distribution of tree and bird habitats in the eastern United States, and how these habitat distributions might change in response to different climate scenarios. The Atlas was created using a model called DISTRIB that…

Webinar Scientists explaining research: Climate, wildfire, and erosion ensemble foretells more sediment in western USA watersheds, USGS & USU Extension Regional Research U.S. Forest Service science on climate change and wildfire effects in riparian areas, out of the…

Data/Data visualization Climate mapper: visualization of current, historical, and future projections of climate data relevant to agriculture Drought Monitoring System-University of Washington: total moisture, soil moisture and snow water equivalent data visualization…

A changing climate introduces challenges for ranchers and natural resource managers. The following resources are designed to help them adjust their practices or even transform their operations: Adaptation Partners Adaptation Partners is a science-management partnership focused…