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Details for registration and agendas will be posted soon. Options for participating remotely will be available.

  • Webinar on Direct Air Capture
    October 5, 2017
    10:00 AM –12:00 PM EDT

  • Workshop on Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage
    October 23, 2017
    Irvine, CA

  • Webinar on Direct Air Capture
    October 5, 2017
    10:00 AM –12:00 PM EDT

  • Workshop on Direct Air Capture
    October 24, 2017
    Irvine, CA

  • Workshop on Geologic Sequestration
    November 28, 2017
    Palo Alto, CA

Past Events

Meeting 1: Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration — May 24, 2017

Keck Center
500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC
Room 208

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET



  • Clearly understand the needs, perspectives, and expectations of the study sponsors
  • Explore the committee’s task with other stakeholders

1:00 P.M.: Introductions (Committee and guests) — Steve Pacala, Committee Chair

1:15 P.M.: Briefing of 2015 National Academies Report Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration — Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Boulder | Slides | Video

1:45 P.M.: Study Sponsors’ Perspectives on the Committee’s Task

  • More clearly understand perspectives of report sponsors – what are the most important issues to be covered in the report?
  • Explore nuances of committee’s task – what should be included in report?
  • What is hoped for out of study – both as a direct deliverable and what would “success” look like?

John Litynski, DOE | Slides | Video
Meredith Muth and Ariana Sutton-Grier, NOAA | Slides | Video
Dolores Wesson, EPA | Slides | Video
Peter Warwick, USGS | Slides | Video

2:45 P.M.: Break

3:15 P.M.: Continue discussing study sponsor perspectives on the task

4:15 P.M.: Current state of carbon removal field — Jason Funk, The Center for Carbon Removal | Slides | Video

4:45 P.M.: Public comment session to allow all meeting participants to offer additional contributions to the discussion — Steve Pacala | Video

  • What issues are important to other communities?
  • How might this study be the most useful to the broader community?
  • What are the most urgent unanswered scientific and technical questions?


5:30 P.M.: Adjourn Open Session

Webinar: Introduction to Blue Carbon and Coastal Wetland Restoration—July 19, 2017

Webinar objective: to provide an introduction to blue carbon and explore the costs, challenges, and benefits of restoring coastal wetlands, and how blue carbon benefits may motivate restoration.

1:00 PM: Welcome — Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University, Committee Member | Slides | Video |

1:05 PM: Jennifer Howard, Conservation International | Slides | Video |

1:20 PM: Nick Wildman, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration | Slides | Video |

1:35 PM: Fred Sklar, South Florida Water Management District | Slides | Video |

1:50 PM: Walter Meyer, Local Office Landscape Architecture | Slides | Video |

2:05 PM: Discussion and questions from study committee

2:30 PM: Adjourn

Workshop on Blue Carbon—July 26, 2017

8:30 A.M.: Introductions and Goals of the Workshop—Steve Pacala, Committee Chair, and Tiffany Troxler, Committee Member | slides |

9:00 A.M.: Session 1—Current state of knowledge on scientific and technical research requirements to understand the capacity and flux of blue carbon as a CDR approach (i.e. carbon benefits)

  • What is known about the carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands?
  • What is the state of the science on GHG methodologies (gas flux, C stock, soil accretion)?
  • What do we need to know about the landscape-level processes that impact wetland formation and loss (e.g. sediment processes, salinity regimes and saltwater intrusion, eutrophication, coastal ocean carbon cycling, wetland management)?
  • What is the impact of changing salinity regimes on carbon sequestration? On methane emissions? Other factors that are wetland-type specific?


Introduction to Session 1—Jianwu (Jim) Tang, Marine Biological Laboratory | video


  • Pat Megonigal, Smithsonian Ecological Research Center | slides |video |
  • Julie Simpson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | slides | video |
  • Robert Twilley, Louisiana State University | slides | video |
  • Kevin Kroeger, U.S. Geological Survey | slides | video |
  • Neil Ganju, U.S. Geological Survey | slides | video |
  • Discussion | video |

10:45 A.M.: Break
11:00 A.M.: Session 2—Research needs for predicting across multiple scales impacts of disturbance to the future state of coastal wetlands and CDR potential

  • What is the state of the science for robustly measuring, mapping, and scaling carbon removal and sequestration from the plot-level to the national scale?
  • How may climate change and disturbances impact primary production in a coastal wetland and CDR flux and capacity?
  • What is the state of the science on modeling future conditions?
  • How will CDR change near-term (10-25 yrs) and long-term (50- to 100-yr) with SLR and increasing urbanization/upland conversion/water abstraction?


  • Lisamarie Windham-Myers, U.S. Geological Survey | slides | video |
  • James Morris, University of South Carolina | slides | video |
  • Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science | slides | video |
  • Scott Hagen, Louisiana State University | slides | video |
  • Discussion | video |

12:45 P.M.: Lunch
1:45 P.M.: Session 3—State of the knowledge on incentives of the blue carbon approach

  • What information is needed to assess the commercial viability of blue carbon crediting for wetland restoration and mitigation?
  • What do we know about the co-benefits of the blue carbon approach and their economic value? (e.g. ecosystem services – coastal protection services, wetland mitigation)
  • What are common knowledge needs/strategies for adopting nature-based solutions that could enhance blue carbon CDR?


  • Steve Crooks, Silvestrum Climate Associates | slides | video |
  • Katie Arkema, Stanford University | slides | video |
  • Edward Barbier, University of Wyoming | slides | video |
  • Discussion | video |

3:15 P.M.: Break
3:30 P.M.: Session 4—State of the knowledge on policy/legal questions and social/institutional constraints surrounding changes in coastal management

  • Are there policies that could be more effective in enhancing CDR potential?
  • What are policies aimed at coastal management for flood mitigation/coastal protection services?
  • Do existing coastal policies enhance or deter adoption of CDR implementation? What are barriers? How do we overcome them?
  • What is the public acceptance of changes in land cover and land use due to wetland restoration or migration?


  • Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy | slides | video |
  • Sam Brody, Texas A&M University Galveston| slides | video |
  • Scott Pippin, University of Georgia | slides | video |
  • Clark Miller, Arizona State University
  • Discussion | video |

5:00 P.M.: Adjourn

Webinar on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration—September 14, 2017

Webinar Objective: To provide an introduction to terrestrial carbon sequestration and explore the
costs, challenges, and benefits of introducing management practices and land use changes that
increase C sequestration.

11:00: Opening Remarks—Keith Paustian, Committee Member

11:10: Quantifying Opportunities for CO2 Removal through Regeneration of US Forest
Land: An Initial Estimate
—Al Sample, George Mason University | slides |

Dr. Sample will discuss the total potential carbon removal that could be obtained by regenerating lands deforested in large-scale disturbances such as wildfires, pest infestations, and timber harvesting. He will also discuss the need for additional research to characterize the technical and financial feasibility of actions to increase carbon removal, integrating spatial with ground-based data.

11:35: Global Potential and Impacts of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration Measures—Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK | slides |

Dr. Smith will explore the global potential for carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils through soil carbon sequestration, biochar, afforestation/reforestation and natural ecosystem restoration. He will present the impact on a range of other indications (e.g. GHG, land, water, physical climate impacts, energy and costs) and compare these biological sequestration options with other engineered greenhouse gas removal options.

12:00: Managing Carbon Sequestration through Soil Health—Stephen Shafer, Soil Health Institute | slides |

Managing soil health can be the means to achieve many desired ends in agricultural production and environmental quality. Management principles and actual field practices implemented to enhance soil health also support the physical, chemical, and biological processes that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in soil, providing many benefits to food production and soil, water, and air. This presentation will provide an overview of these principles, some management practices, and the actions that the Soil Health Institute advocates and supports to promote soil health on a broad scale.

12:25: Economic and Policy Considerations for Soil Carbon Sequestration—Sian Mooney, Arizona State University | slides |

Dr. Mooney will discuss economic considerations that affect opportunities to sequester additional soil carbon in agricultural soils. She will discuss needed producer incentives, their impact on producer adoption of management practices to sequester additional soil carbon and the relationship between incentive structures, policy design and overall economic costs. The value of co-benefits and their relationship to soil C sequestration will also be examined.

12:45: Q&A

Workshop on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration—September 19, 2017

Fort Collins, CO