Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Carbon storage and potential carbon sequestration in depressional wetlands of the mid-Atlantic region
by Fenstermacher, Daniel E., M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2011, 258; 1514787
Abstract (Summary)

With recent concern over climate change, methods for decreasing atmospheric levels of greenhouse gasses such as CO2 have been of particular interest, including carbon sequestration in soils that have depreciated levels of carbon from cultivated agricultural crop production. The Delmarva Peninsula contains many Delmarva Bay landforms, which commonly contain wetlands. Five pairs of Delmarva Bays were selected to examine change in carbon stocks following conversion to agriculture and to assess the potential for carbon sequestration if these soils were to be restored hydrologically and vegetatively. A loss of approximately 50 % of the stored soil carbon was observed following the conversion to agriculture. If these agricultural soils were to be restored, the wetland soils within the Delmarva Bay basin are predicted to sequester a total of approximately 11 kg C m-2 and the upland soils of the rim would be expected to sequester a total of approximately 4 kg C m -2.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rabenhorst, Martin C.
Commitee: Baldwin, Andrew, Lang, Megan, McCarty, Greg, Needelman, Brian
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Environmental Science and Technology
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Biogeochemistry, Soil sciences, Geomorphology, Environmental science
Keywords: Carbon sequestration, Delmarva Bay, Restoration, Sedimentation, Soil carbon, Wetlands
Publication Number: 1514787
ISBN: 9781267477545
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