NJ Climate Change and Land Management Research Initiative

Investigating land management as a natural climate solution


The Land Management Research Initiative is dedicated to exploring the potential of land management as a natural climate solution. The initiative focuses on the capacity of soil and vegetation to function as a natural storehouse, or sink, of carbon from the atmosphere. Essentially, trees, grasses, and other plants absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and store it in wood, leaves, soil, and other types of organic matter. Known as carbon sequestration, this process offsets carbon dioxide emitted by burning fossil fuels and other human activities – the main greenhouse gas causing climate change.

Rutgers-Duke Farms carbon mitigation research

Carbon Mitigation Research and Monitoring at Duke Farms​

A study of carbon sequestration on working and natural lands

This five-year study conducted by the Rutgers Climate Institute is gathering on-the-ground data at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., to better understand how the management of working and natural lands can be used as a natural climate solution.

NJ Forest Adapt

NJ Forest Adapt

Forest management tool

This mapping tool enables users to visualize data over multiple timelines and climate change scenarios. Users can explore changes in plant hardiness and heat zones, species distribution, daily minimum and maximum temperatures, heating and cooling degree days, and precipitation. Additional map layers include forest carbon density, canopy cover, impervious surfaces, forest types, pest and disease, wildfire fuel hazard, and more.