NJ Climate Change and Land Management Research Initiative
Investigating land management as a natural climate solution
Resources & Tools
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.
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.