NJ Climate Change and Land Management Research Initiative
Investigating land management as a natural climate solution
Resources & Tools
The New Jersey 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, roots, and soil. Known as carbon sequestration, this process offsets greenhouse gases emitted by human activities such as burning fossil fuels and land use change.
Carbon Mitigation Research and Monitoring at Duke Farms
A study of carbon sequestration on working and natural lands
This multi-year study conducted by the Rutgers Climate Institute in partnership with Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., is gathering on-the-ground data at the Duke Farms property to better understand how the management of natural and working lands can be used as a natural climate solution.