Understanding and Predicting Wetland Methane Emissions Seminar
Understanding and Predicting Wetland Methane Emissions
When: February 27, 2020 at 4 pm MT
Where: B218 E-Conference Room, CSU Natural & Environmental Science Building (NESB) and online: zoom.us/j/732190660
Who: Dr. Rob Jackson, Stanford University
& members of the Wetland Fluxnet Synthesis for Methane Working Group
Natural wetlands emit approximately 30% of global methane (CH4) emissions. The water-logged soils in wetlands are ideal for producing methane (an important greenhouse gas), and the patterns and intensity of these emissions are likely to change as the planet warms. Our estimates of global wetland CH4 emissions and the factors that drive them are uncertain, in part due to the scarcity of high-resolution CH4 emission datasets.
As part of a USGS Powell Center synthesis group, we compiled eddy flux tower measurements of CH4 emissions from 82 sites across the globe. This unprecedented CH4 dataset allows us to tackle important questions about what drives methane emissions, how we can improve biogeochemical models of CH4 emissions, and how wetlands may respond to climate change. Prof. Jackson will discuss the many on-going projects in this USGS Powell group, including what we have learned so far and what big questions remain.
Happy Hour to follow at