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Carbon Sequestration

Funding: USGS/ SILPE

Participants: Richard Bernknopf, Steven Faulkner, David Brookshire, Craig Broadbent, Don
Gautier, David Soller

Scientific understanding of the sustainability, resilience, and restoration of ecosystem goods and services is constrained by our limited knowledge of both the biophysical relationships necessary to quantify ecosystem services and interactions with the broader components of societal preferences, and economic valuation. These concepts are critically important to public policy decisions and natural resource management; however, our ability to address these knowledge gaps is limited by the scarcity of existing frameworks designed to enable collaborations between natural and social scientists. This issue is particularly relevant in the Lower Mississippi Valley (LMV) where landscape-scale climate mitigation strategies designed to “optimize” ecological carbon sequestration will have ancillary effects on other ecosystem services. Decision-makers and managers need policy relevant science and decision-support tools developed through collaborative science projects that bring natural and social scientists together. This information is necessary in order to evaluate trade-offs and prioritize actions for multiple ecosystem services across large spatial scales.

The objective is to combine existing spatially explicit biophysical production functions for riparian ecosystems in the LMV with social science research to identify the specific biophysical endpoints that are meaningful and valuable to specific resource users, communities and other stakeholders.

LMV-1. Collaborate with USGS scientists to identify specific ecological endpoints and ecosystem benefit indicators (EBIs) as discussed in Boyd and Brookshire (2010) for riparian ecosystems in the LMV.

LMV-2. Collaborate with USGS scientists to scope a set of questions to help determine the preferences and willingness to pay by individuals and collectively for associated ecosystem services affected by management actions and mitigation strategies designed to enhance ecological carbon sequestration.

LMV-3. Provide final project report and draft journal publication, in collaboration with USGS scientist no later than December 31, 2011.


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