Research Title: Terrestrial Carbon Flux Tracking
Funding Level (millions of dollars):
Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Component:
(a) Subcommittee: Global Change Research (100%)
(b) Environmental Issues: other
(c) Research Activity: System Structure and Function: Observation (100%)
Office of Environmental Processes & Effects Research
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
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To assess regional and impacts of global climate change; to predict the extent of such biospheric effects in the future and to understand how that change effects greenhouse gas fluxes.
The North American Landscape Characterization Program (NALC) is quantifying of the probable magnitudes, rates, and variations of human-induced change in selected regions of North America; Multispectral scan Landsat imagery (MSS) from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s is being georegistered archived for land cover change analysis; Biomass Burning and deforestation is developing techniques for estimating emissions from biomass burning and developing emissions inventories. Deforestation estimates for Southeast Asia are being produced. Carbon Flux Tracking will identify biogenic C sources and sinks for major countries.
This program works closely with NASA, USGS, NOAA, USFS.
1) More accurate information on quantifying sources and sinks of GHGs, 2) Better management strategies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 3) Understanding ecological vulnerabilities to climate change so that management decisions can be made to protect these systems.