Past Events

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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 | video |

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 | video |

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 | video |

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 | video |

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 | video |

Workshop on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration—September 19, 2017

Welcome Remarks from CSU administration

  • Dr. Tony Frank, CSU President and Chancellor of CSU system | video |
  • Dr. Gene Kelly, Assoc. Dean for Extension and Deputy Director Agricultural Experiment Station | video |

Introductions and Goals of the Workshop

Remarks from Workshop Organizers (Terrestrial Carbon Group)

  • Dr. Richard Birdsey, Committee Member | video |
  • Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Committee Member | video |

SESSION 1: Current state of knowledge on the capacity (i.e., carbon benefits) of terrestrial carbon as a CDR approach and the scientific and technical research requirements to achieve this capacity.

  • What is known about the carbon storage potential of different land use and management practices?
  • What do we need to know about the field-level and landscape-level processes that impact terrestrial C sequestration and loss (e.g., soil erosion, cropping systems, deforestation, carbon cycling, etc.)?
  • What is the impact of changing land use and management practices on carbon sequestration, GHG emissions? Other factors that are terrestrial-system specific?
  • What are the significant gaps that limit our ability to assess how changing land management alters the terrestrial (including aquatic) and atmospheric carbon budget?

Introduction to Session 1—Dr. Steve Pacala, Committee Chair | video |

Panelist Presentations

  • Cropland: Jean-Francois Soussana, INRA (via WebEx) | slides | video |
  • Forestry: Tara Hudiburg, University of Idaho (via WebEx) | slides | video |
  • Grassland: Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-ARS (via WebEx) | slides | video |
  • Biochar Applications: Johannes Lehmann, Cornell University | slides | video |

Discussion | video |

SESSION 2: Research needs for predicting across multiple scales the impacts of land use change and management practices to the future of terrestrial C storage and CDR potential

  • What is the state of the science for robustly measuring, mapping, and scaling carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and sequestration from the field-level to the regional and national scale?
  • What is the state of the science on GHG measurement methodologies (gas fluxes, soil C change)?
  • What is the state of the science on modeling impacts of land use and management on soil C stock changes?
  • How will CDR strategies change in the short-term (10-25 yrs) and long-term (50- to 100-yrs), as a function of climate change and land use change (e.g., urbanization, forest and grassland ecosystem conversion to food & fuel production use)?

Panelist Presentations

  • Stephen Ogle, Colorado State University | slides | video |
  • Steve Hamburg, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) | slides | video |
  • Rob Jackson, Stanford University (via WebEx) | slides | video |
  • Grant Domke, US Forest Service (via WebEx) | slides | video |

Discussion | video |
SESSION 3: State of the knowledge on policies and incentives and socio-economic constraints on terrestrial C sequestration activities

  • What policy options are suited for land use and management for C sequestration and GHG emission mitigation? What are the likely costs?
  • Do existing land use and agriculture programs policies enhance or deter adoption of CDR implementation? What are barriers? How do we overcome them?
  • What information is needed to assess the commercial viability of practices or land use change for C sequestration?
  • What do we know about the co-benefits and negative impacts of the C sequestration terrestrial management practices and their economic value? (i.e., ecosystem services, soil health, water quality, etc.)? How important are induced or secondary macro-economic effects?

Panelist Presentations

  • John Antle, Oregon State University (via WebEx) | slides | video |
  • Debbie Reed, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) | slides | video |
  • Adam Chambers, USDA NRCS | slides | video |
  • Joe Cornelius, ARPA-E | slides | video |
  • Toby Janson-Smith, Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) (via WebEx) | slides | video |

Discussion | video |

Webinar on Direct Air Capture—October 5, 2017

Webinar objective: to provide an introduction to Direct Air Capture (DAC) as a carbon dioxide removal approach, specifically panelists will explore the limitations, appropriate scale, and future cost of DAC technology. Panelists will describe technological readiness, current research needs, and potential environmental impact.

Perspectives from Thought Leaders of Direct Air Capture


    • Klaus Lackner, Arizona State University | slides | video (partial) |
    • David Keith, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applies Sciences | video |
    • Peter Eisenberger, Columbia University | slides | video |

On the Path to Commercial-Scale Approaches to Direct Air Capture


    • Jan Wurzbacher – Climeworks | slides | video |
    • Alina Chanaewa – Skytree | slides | video |
    • Eric Ping – Global Thermostat | slides | video |
    • Geoff Holmes – Carbon Engineering | video |

Discussion | video |

Discussion Participants:

Phil Renforth, Cardiff University
Geoff Holmes, Carbon Engineering
Greg Dipple, University of British Columbia
Niall Mac Dowell, Imperial College of London
Roger Aines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Webinar on Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage—October 16, 2017

Webinar objective: To provide an introduction to BECCS as a carbon dioxide removal approach, specifically panelists will explore the capacity for biomass to meet stationary generation and transportation fuel needs, the status, challenges, and costs of implemented bioenergy and biofuels, the technical challenges in utilizing various feedstocks, balancing desired properties and yields, and the navigation of land use competition among stakeholders.
12:30 PM: Opening Remarks—Erica Belmont, Committee Member | video |

12:35 PM: Biomass Supply Capacity and Strategies

Laurence Eaton, Natural Resource and Environmental Economist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | slides | video |

  • Process flow overview of biomass supply strategies
  • What is the realistic potential for biomass supply, and what are the constraints (e.g. food and fiber)?
  • What is the capacity for biomass to meet stationary generation and transportation fuel needs?

Matt Langholtz, Natural Resource Economist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Economic considerations of biomass supply strategies
  • What are the impediments to the economic feasibility of bio-energy and biofuel/biochar approaches?

1:05 PM: Prospects of BECCS and Negative Carbon Potentials

Clair Gough, Research Fellow, University of Manchester, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research | slides | video |

  • Overview of the status of BECCS
  • General considerations of capacity and status of biomass for electricity generation
  • What are the potentials for negative emissions capacity?
  • What are the associated impacts of bio-energy (e.g. land-use impacts)?

1:25 PM Status, Capacity, and Challenges of Biomass to Fuels/Char

Alan Del Paggio, Vice President of Upstream and Renewables, CRI Catalyst Company | slides | video |

  • Perspectives on biomass supply
  • What is the status of implemented bioenergy and biofuels, including capacities, biomass types, and conversion methods (e.g. gasification, combustion in air, pyrolysis, etc.): challenges and costs?
  • Negative pathway potentials of biomass to fuels/char

1:45 PM: Q&A | video |

2:15 PM: Adjourn Webinar

Workshop on Bio-Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage—October 23, 2017

Workshop objective: to determine the status and research needs to quantify the potential of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage as a carbon dioxide removal approach, including biomass production capacities that minimize GHG emissions, broader implications of various feedstock utilizations, advanced conversion technologies, capture and storage strategies, and cross-cutting issues that include life cycle impacts of large-scale deployment, policies and incentives for implementation of BECCS approaches, and social acceptability barriers.

08:30 AM: Opening Remarks and Workshop Goals

Stephen Pacala, Committee Chair | slides | video
Erica Belmont, Committee Member

Session I: State of the knowledge on the capacity of BECCS as a CDR approach and technical research needs for biomass supply and conversion technologies, including capture and storage strategies.

08:45 AM: Supply

  • How to achieve biomass production capacity in a way that minimizes GHG emissions (harvesting, transportation, pretreatment)
  • Assessment of the potential supply of bio-energy feedstocks
  • Considerations of the co-location of supply and demand
  • What are desirable feedstock properties (i.e. crops, agricultural waste)
  • Broader implications of utilizing different feedstocks (forest, crop, algae, waste) in terms of land use competition, fertilizer use, water requirements, etc.
  • Market considerations of bio-energy supply


Carolyn Smyth, Canadian Forest Service

  • Overview of bio-energy feedstock supply (woody biomass) and research needs, including radius of biomass supply, high-level overview of biomass from logging residues, and associated climate change mitigation potential

Wellington Muchero, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

  • Genetic basis of tree growth and development and potential for research to improve bioenergy feedstocks

Robert Abt, North Carolina State University

  • General market considerations of bio-energy demand and supply response

09:30 AM: Discussion | video

10:30 AM: Conversion

  • Status and research needs on biomass conversion technologies, including combustion, gasification, and pyrolysis
  • Prospects and benefits of advanced combustion strategies (i.e. pressurized oxy-combustion, chemical looping)
  • Potential to improve carbon negativity of a combined biofuel/biochar approach
  • Current status of carbon capture technologies for bio-energy applications


Vann Bush, Gas Technology Institute | slides | video

  • Current status of conversion technologies (gasification, pyrolysis) and research needs for clean biomass conversion for electricity

Robert Brown, Iowa State University | slides | video

  • Thermochemical conversion strategies and challenges, including gasification, fast pyrolysis, and solvent liquefaction of biomass

Raghubir Gupta, RTI International | slides | video

  • Overview of carbon capture technology for bio-energy applications

11:15 AM: Discussion | video

Session II: State of the technology and challenges for commercial-scale BECCS activities, identification of research needs for policies and incentives for implementation of BECCS, life cycle impacts of large-scale deployment, and socio-economic barriers to BECCS activities.

01:15 PM: Commercial-Scale Activities

  • Capacity and challenges of bio-energy implementation and BECCS
  • Prepping of biomass, pretreatment, efficiency considerations (benefits, associated emissions, costs)
  • Economics of bio-energy and potential carbon negativity, including major drivers


Wayne Lei, Oregon Torrefaction

  • Status and challenges of bio-energy implantation activities (feedstock cost, ash behavior, social/policy)

Steven Rose, EPRI | slides | video

  • Biomass transition between the deployment of first bio-electricity plants and scaled-up BECCS for climate mitigation

01:45 PM: Discussion | video

02:45 PM: Cross-cutting Issues

  • Financial gaps between costs and profitability
  • Policies to incentivize broader implementation of BECCS and biofuel/biochar approaches
  • Incentives for current implementations of bioenergy and biofuels/biochar
  • Potential indirect land use change impacts (especially for crops biomass)
  • Large-scale deployment of BECCS impacts on biodiversity, water resources, and nutrients? Land availability effects on large-scale deployment of BECCS
  • Landowner interest in participating in biomass supply
  • Barriers associated with social acceptability of BECCS technologies and how can they be addressed (both for bio-energy production and geological carbon storage)


Chris Galik, North Carolina State University, via Webex

  • Public policy and governance related to BECCS, emphasis on land-use issues. Incentives for current implementations of bio-energy and needs for broader implementation

Michael Wang, Argonne National Laboratory | slides | video

  • Energy-related life cycle analyses, life cycle impacts of bio-energy, and additional LCA research needs

Margaret Torn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, via Webex

  • Ecological aspects of bio-energy production: anthropogenic influence on the carbon-cycle through land use, ecosystem-climate feedbacks, soil carbon cycling

03:45 PM: Discussion | video

04:30 PM: Adjourn Workshop

Workshop on Direct Air Capture—October 24, 2017

Workshop objective: to examine the scientific questions for developing a research and development plan of DAC moving forward, and assess co-benefits, costs, and barriers to implementation of this technology at significant scales.

8:30 AM: Workshop Introduction — Stephen Pacala (NAS), Committee Chair | slides |


8:45 AM: Opening Remarks — Jennifer Wilcox, Committee Member | slides |

Session I — Commercial-Scale Activities
9:00 AM: Geoff Holmes, Carbon Engineering
9:25 AM: Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks
9:50 AM: Discussion | video |

Session II — Scaling out and up of CCS, Challenges and Lessons Learned
10:45 AM: Ron Munson, Global CCS Institute | slides | video |
11:00 AM: Clay Sutton and Tim Barckholtz, ExxonMobil
11:15 AM: Ajay Mehta, Shell
11:30 AM: Roger Aines, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | slides | video |
11:45 PM: Discussion | video |

Session III — System-Level Considerations of DAC
1:30 PM: Matthew Realff, Georgia Institute of Technology | slides | video |
1:50 PM: Niall MacDowell, Imperial College of London | slides | video |
2:10 PM: Discussion | video |


2:55 PM: Opening Remarks — Peter Kelemen (NAS) – Committee Member | slides |

Session IV — Mineral Carbonation Approaches
3:15 PM: Greg Dipple, University of British Columbia | slides | video |
3:40 PM: Phil Renforth, Cardiff University
4:05 PM: Discussion | video |

5:00 PM: Workshop Adjourn

Webinar on Geologic Sequestration—November 15, 2017

Session 1: Carbon Mineralization for Storage

10:00: Overview of the National Academies study and webinar; Introduction to this session
Peter Kelemen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Session Moderator
Slides | Video

10:10: Investigation of ex situ carbon mineralization using flue gas
Marco Mazzotti, ETH Zurich
Slides | Video

10:25: Proposed injection of CO2-rich fluid into basaltic lavas of the ocean crust offshore off Washington and British Columbia
Dave Goldberg, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

10:40: Experimental investigation of reaction-driven cracking during mineral hydration and carbonation
Chris Spiers, Utrecht University
Slides | Video

11:15 Session 2: Experience with Storage in Subsurface Pore Space

11:15: Introduction to this session
Sally Benson, Stanford University, Session Moderator

11:25: Pilot experiments on carbon storage in subsurface pore space in Australia (audio only)
Jonathan Ennis-King, CSRIO
Slides | Video

11:40: Monitoring of CO2 storage at Sleipner and predictions for the future
Jerome Neufeld, University of Cambridge
Slides | Video

11:55: Discussion

12:15: Webinar adjourns

Workshop on Geologic Sequestration—November 28, 2017

Palo Alto, CA

8:45: Welcome and overview of the National Academies study—Steve Pacala, Princeton, Committee Chair

Agenda and goals of the workshop—Peter Kelemen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Moderator
Slides | Video


Moderator: Peter Kelemen

1a. Kinetics and locations (30 minute talks + 15 minutes of discussion)

9:00: Subsurface kinetics, basalt sites—Todd Schaef, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Slides | Video

9:45: Carbfix—Edda Aradóttir, Reykjavik Energy
Slides | Video

10:30: Break

10:45: Multi-mineral carbonation kinetics, peridotite sites—Greeshma Gadikota, University of Wisconsin
Slides | Video

1b. Processes: cracking, clogging, swelling, quaking (30 minute talks + 10 minutes of discussion)

11:15: Reaction-driven cracking, natural systems—Marc Spiegelman, Columbia University
Slides | Video

12:00: Pressure management, induced seismicity—Jonny Rutqvist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Slides | Video

12:45: Working lunch


Moderator: Sally Benson

2a. Experience (20 minute talks + 10 minutes of discussion, or panels)

1:30: CO2 storage in Norway (remote)—Phil Ringrose, Statoil and Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Slides | Video

2:00: CO2-EOR, oil field/gas formation storage—Lynn Orr, Stanford University
Slides | Video

2:30: Break

2:45: CO2 storage in Canada—Don White, Geological Survey of Canada
Slides | Video

3:15: Pilot and commercial scale storage test results—Susan Hovorka, University of Texas
Slides | Video

3:45: Break

2b. Monitoring (20 minute talks + 10 minutes of discussion, or panels)

4:00: Monitoring CO2 storage—Tom Daley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Slides | Video

4:30: Leakage and multiphase flow—Mike Celia, Princeton University
Slides | Video

5:00: Workshop adjourns

Webinar on the Use of Landfills for the Long-Term Storage of Biogenic Organic Carbon—December 12, 2017


Morton Barlaz, Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University
Slides | Video


Webinar on Integrated Assessment Modeling of Land-use Implications of Bioenergy—January 30, 2018

Introduction—Annie Levasseur, Ecole de Technologie Superieure

Kate Calvin, Research Economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute
Slides | Video

Alexander Popp, Group Leader for the Land-Use Management Research Domain III: Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Slides | Video


Report Briefing Webinar: Coastal Blue Carbon as a Negative Emissions Technology—December 6, 2018

Negative emissions technologies (NETs) that aim to remove and sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere have been identified as an important part of the portfolio of responses to climate change. These approaches have been garnering new attention as the international community has identified lower thresholds for global temperature increases, which can only be accomplished with net negative carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda, which was released in October 2018, provides a detailed research and development agenda needed to assess the benefits, risks, and sustainable scale potential for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration approaches; and increase their commercial viability.

One of the carbon removal approaches the committee assessed is coastal blue carbon, which involves land use and management practices to increase the carbon stored in living plants and soils of coastal ecosystems, particularly mangroves, tidal marshes, and seagrass beds. Committee member, Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University, presented findings and recommendations from the report with a focus on coastal blue carbon. The webinar covered the state of knowledge related to carbon capacity and flux in coastal systems, the processes driving sustainability of coastal wetland carbon storage in the future, and the essential components of a coastal blue carbon research and development program, including its estimated costs and potential impact.

View the Briefing Slides