Accession Number:

ADA605923

Title:

Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Oct 2009-30 Nov 2012

Corporate Author:

DESERT RESEARCH INST RENO NV

Report Date:

2014-05-20

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

This project was designed to assist Marine Corps Installations West MCIWest in developing a strategy to reduce its overall carbon footprint, especially greenhouse gas emissions. The project assessed the carbon footprint at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center MCAGCC in part to examine potential sources and sinks for carbon to better understand the potential for natural processes to offset anthropogenic emissions. Previous studies have shown that desert ecosystems might be significant sinks for carbon dioxide CO2. We undertook a multifaceted approach of MCAGCC to determine landcover composition and cover. We determined that MCAGCC had relatively few cover types and that a site could be chosen that was representative of the entire installation. An eddy covariance tower ET was located in one relatively homogeneous area in order to assist researchers to determine the net carbon flux of the representative site. Project results indicated that in spite of a low precipitation year, the land surface of the MCAGCC sequestered a significant amount of CO2. Results further indicate that arid shrublands similar to those found at the MCAGCC may play a significant role in modulating anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

Subject Categories:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE