Making Cents Out of Carbon Sequestration Using CT's Land Cover Data

 

The research and coefficient generation was conducted by Linda Tomasso as part of her graduate research at Harvard. The application of the coefficients to land cover and the creation of these maps were funded through CT ECO, a partnership between CT DEEP and UConn CLEAR.

Why Carbon?

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and climate change. Although it is naturally occurring, it is and has been on the rise due to human activities. Many strategies have been employed to decrease Carbon emissions with differing success and cost.

 

The Research Question:

If terrestrial carbon (C) sequestration were evaluated from a two-step methodology of scientific and financial analysis, could land conservation and strategic land use planning prove more cost-effective public policy instruments, on a dollar per dollar basis, for states to reduce C emissions?

Good question.

Conclusion, from this research:

The Cost: Dollars invested in C reduction through land conservation offer a greater yield than many policies currently being pursued by state/regional governments.

The Opportunity: Demographic shift of retiring baby boomers south + small forest tracts they own presents a one-time window to preserve natural C sinks.

 

Links

2014 Progress Report on the State of Connecticut’s Climate Change Strategy

Linda Tomasso's presentation as part of the CLEAR webinar series on September 23, 2014.