Quantifying the carbon balance of the Mattheis Research Ranch

Dr. John Gamon | Professor, Cross-appointed
Departments of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
University of Alberta

Dr. Gamon is continuing to measure net carbon uptake at the Mattheis Research Ranch using a combination of eddy covariance and remote sensing methods, validated by independent ground sampling. This work extends previous studies through improved measurement methods and models, and aims to obtain a more complete carbon budget and to deliver a robust model for estimating carbon uptake from remote sensing. This method can be readily applied to larger areas or other similar grassland sites, allowing widespread assessment of carbon uptake and potential for Alberta’s rangelands, and providing a basis for improved rangeland management that optimizes carbon sequestration, ecosystem productivity and biodiversity.