Carbon Mitigation Research and Monitoring at Duke Farms​

Researchers at the Rutgers Climate Institute are conducting a five-year study of carbon sequestration at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., to compile data and devise strategies for the management of natural and working lands as a natural climate solution.

The study is designed to identify land management and farming practices that maximize the capture – and minimize the release – of greenhouse gases. The goal is to make Duke Farms “carbon neutral” or even “carbon negative,” meaning the property stores as much or more carbon than it produces. If successful, land management methods developed at Duke Farms will serve as a model for land managers and farmers throughout New Jersey and beyond.

The study is comprised of three phases:

• Sampling soil and vegetation to measure carbon in the various land types found at Duke Farms’ 2,742-acre property, including forests, wetlands, grasslands, and farmland;

• Estimating Duke Farms’ baseline carbon stocks and sequestration based on field sampling, soil mapping, vegetation and terrain data, and computer modeling; and

• Estimating Duke Farms’ greenhouse gas emissions in comparison to the amount of carbon stored at Duke Farms.

Research Team

Daniel Gimenez
Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Marjorie Kaplan
Rutgers Climate Institute

Uta Krogmann
Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Richard Lathrop
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Stephanie Murphy
Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Karina Schäfer
Department of Biology, Rutgers University-Newark

Funding for this study is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Learn more about the Duke Foundation’s Natural Climate Solutions Special Initiative here.