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Carbon sequestration of a forested wetland receiving nutrient inputs - soil, tree and greenhouse gas data

Citation

Lane, Robert (2021), Carbon sequestration of a forested wetland receiving nutrient inputs - soil, tree and greenhouse gas data, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.k6djh9w7k

Abstract

Here we describe a pilot wetland carbon project located 30 km west of New Orleans where measurements were taken in 2013 and 2018, and applied to the carbon offset methodology, “Restoration of Degraded Deltaic Wetlands of the Mississippi Delta” (“the ACR Methodology”) published by the American Carbon Registry (ACR). Baseline emissions were modeled using values derived from scientific literature. Results indicate net sequestration rate of 619,727 tons carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) over the 40 year project duration, which equates to 16,527 t CO2-e/yr, if wetland greenhouse gases (GHGs) are included, and 200,143 t CO2e over 40 years, or 5,003 t CO2-e/yr, if wetland greenhouse gasses were conservatively omitted. A kriging exercise was carried out that modeled the tree and soil pools, which resulted in net sequestration of 723,375 t CO2-e over 40 years (annual mean 18,084 t CO2-e/yr) with greenhouse gases, and 262,472 t CO2-e over 40 years (annual mean rate 6,560 t CO2-e/yr) if greenhouse gases were omitted. Unfortunately, the project was withdrawn, prohibiting the issuance and eventual transaction of carbon credits, due to very large uncertainty estimates mostly associated with GHG emissions and the kriging approach as in situ sampling could not be conducted as required by the methodology.

Methods

Methods are detailed in 'Lane RR, Mack SK, Day JW, et al. Carbon sequestration at a forested wetland receiving treated municipal effluent. Wetlands 2017;37(5):861-873.'

Datasets include tree biomass, soil organic carbon and greenhouse gasses

Usage Notes

Please refer to 'Lane RR, Mack SK, Day JW, et al. Carbon sequestration at a forested wetland receiving treated municipal effluent. Wetlands 2017;37(5):861-873.'

Funding

Entergy