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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Potential for Restored Wetlands to Sequester Carbon

Wetlands perform a critical ecological role, typically acting as large carbon sinks and potentially preventing larger accumulations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Studies have suggested that man-made wetlands behave in a same manner by gradually accumulating carbon in vegetation and soils over time. The goal of this study was to survey soils from a chronosequence of 1-12 year old Wetlands Reserve Program (USDA) sites in western New York to better understand their carbon sequestration ability. Soil samples were taken from each WRP site (n=8) and contrasted with soil carbon in adjacent agricultural fields with similar soils. Results indicate that the WRP wetlands do not consistently accumulate carbon relative to non-restored sites and do not sequester significant amounts of carbon within the first 12 years after construction.

Presenters: Bradley Mudrzynski (Undergraduate Student)
Mark Norris (Faculty)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)