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Project Information

Project Information


Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee will conduct a study to:

  • 1.      Identify the most urgent unanswered scientific and technical questions needed to:

a.       assess the benefits, risks, and sustainable scale potential for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration approaches in terrestrial and coastal environments; and

b.      increase the commercial viability of carbon dioxide removal and sequestration;

  • 2.      Define the essential components of a research and development program and specific tasks required to answer these questions;
  • 3.      Estimate the costs and potential impacts of such a research and development program to the extent possible in the timeframe of the study.
  • 4.      Recommend ways to implement such a research and development program.

The list of CDR approaches to be examined would include land and coastal (i.e., tidal wetlands, seagrass meadows, and mangroves) ecosystems management, accelerated weathering, bioenergy with capture, direct air capture, geologic sequestration, and other approaches deemed by the study committee to be of similar viability in terrestrial and coastal environments. 

Status: Current

PIN: DELS-BASCPR-16-01

Project Duration (months): 20 month(s)

RSO: Thomas, Katherine C


Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 03/27/2017

Prof. Stephen W. Pacala - (Chair)
Dr. Stephen Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Currently, he co-directs Princeton's Carbon Mitigation Initiative which is a collaboration between Princeton University and British Petroleum to find solutions to the problem of global warming. Dr. Pacala previously acted as the Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. His research covers a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics with an emphasis on interactions between greenhouse gases, climate and the biosphere. Dr. Pacala has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and a Ph. D. in biology from Stanford University in 1982. He serves on the board of the Environmental Defense Fund. Among his many honors are the David Starr Jordan Prize and the George Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Pacala is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi
Dr. Mahdi Al-Kaisi is a Professor of soil physics in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Dr. Al-Kaisi received his M.S. and Ph.D. in soil physics from North Dakota State University in in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Dr. Al-Kaisi has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 2000 where his research focuses on the effects of cropping and tillage systems, crop residue management, cover crops, and nitrogen application on soil carbon dynamics and sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, and other ecosystem services. In addition, he studies the interaction effects of agricultural practices and environmental factors such as, weather variability and landscape spatial variability on soil organic carbon sequestration and systems sustainability and productivity. The focus of his research is to develop sustainable management practices that improve soil health, productivity, and environmental services. As a result of his research, he has developed field calculators to assess soil management practices impacts, such as, tillage systems, crop residue, and crop rotation effects on soil sustainability. Also he developed soil carbon index for soils in Iowa.
Dr. Mark A. Barteau
Dr. Mark A. Barteau is the Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. He previously served as the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. Barteau brings extensive experience as a researcher, inventor, academic leader, and consultant for both US and international organizations. His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces, and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of
Scientific Research and NASA. Mark received his Ph. D. and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and 1977, respectively.

Dr. Erica Belmont
Dr. Erica Belmont is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Belmont is also the Principal Investigator of the Belmont Energy Research Group. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and her Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in combustion, solid fuels (coal, biomass), alternative fuels, renewable energy, and experimentation.
Dr. Sally M. Benson
Dr. Sally M. Benson joined Stanford University as a Professor in 2007. She holds three appointments at Stanford: professor of energy resources engineering in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, the campus-wide hub of energy research and education; and director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). Dr. Benson received a B.S. in geology from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1977, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. An internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Benson is responsible for fostering cross-campus collaborations on energy and guiding the growth and development of a diverse research portfolio. Prior to joining Stanford, Dr. Benson was at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Benson is a groundwater hydrologist and reservoir engineer, and is regarded as a leading authority on carbon capture and storage, and emerging energy technologies. In 2012, she served as a convening lead author of the Global Energy Assessment, a multinational project coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.
Dr. Richard Birdsey
Dr. Richard Birdsey is a specialist in quantitative methods for large-scale forest inventories and has pioneered development of methods to estimate national carbon budgets for forest lands from forest inventory data. Dr. Birdsey is currently serving as a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center after recently retiring from the United States Forest Service as a “Distinguished Scientist” and was the Program Manager for global change research in the Northern Research Station. Richard was a lead author of two Special Reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was a lead author of the first North American “State of the Carbon Cycle” report and is currently a member of the science team guiding the second report. He has contributed to several assessments of climate change in the U.S. He served three years as Chair of the U.S. Government Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group. He has published extensively on forest management and strategies to increase carbon sequestration, and facilitated the development of decision-support tools for policy and management. He was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a major contributor to creating a new agricultural commodity – carbon. Dr. Birdsey is a member of a team of scientists developing and implementing the North American Carbon Program, an international effort to improve quantification and understand causes of carbon exchange between land, atmosphere, and oceans. In recent years he has been actively working with Mexico and Canada to improve monitoring, verification, and reporting to support climate change mitigation with an emphasis on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and promoting sustainable forest management (REDD+) and improving forest management in the 3 countries. He is currently working with the Forest Service National Forest System to implement carbon assessments for all of the U.S. National Forests.

Dr. Dane Boysen
Dr. Dane Boysen is currently the Chief Technologist for Cyclotron Road, a lab-embedded mentorship program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to Cyclotron Road, Dr. Boysen was the Executive Director of Research Operations at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). Before GTI, he served as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he managed over $100 million over 30 of the nation’s most cutting-edge energy technology research and development projects. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Boysen led an $11 million project to develop liquid metal batteries for grid-scale energy storage under Professor Don Sadoway at MIT. Dane co-founded Superprotonic Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up developing solid acid electrolyte-based fuel cells. Boysen received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Boysen’s research experience includes developing and commercializing hard energy technology.
Mr. Riley Duren
Mr. Riley Duren is Chief Systems Engineer for the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his BS in electrical engineering from Auburn University in 1992. He has worked at the intersection of engineering and science including seven space missions ranging from earth science to astrophysics. His current portfolio spans JPL’s earth system science enterprise as well as applying the discipline of systems engineering to climate change decision-support. His research includes anthropogenic carbon emissions and working with diverse stakeholders to develop policy-relevant monitoring systems. He is Principal Investigator for five projects involving anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions. He has also co-led studies on geoengineering research, monitoring, and risk assessment. He is a Visiting Researcher at UCLA’s Joint Institute For Regional Earth System Science and Engineering and serves on the Advisory Board for NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.
Dr. Charles Hopkinson, Jr.
Dr. Charles Hopkinson is a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hopkinson earned both his Ph.D. and M.S. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University in 1979 and 1973, respectively. Dr. Hopkinson served as a Chairman of the Radiation Safety Committee of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts from 1993 until 2008. Charles is currently a member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation. Dr. Hopkinson’s current research interests are in the biogeochemistry of watersheds, wetlands, estuaries, and continental shelves as well as climate change and land/sea coupling.
Dr. Christopher Jones
Dr. Christopher Jones is a Love Family Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Christopher earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Jones was named the Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech in November 2013. In this role, he directs 50% of his time on campus-wide research administration, managing internally funded research programs in coordination with the colleges and with a primary focus on interdisciplinary research efforts, and policy related to research institutes, centers and research core facilities. Dr. Jones directs a research program focused primarily on catalysis and CO2 separation, sequestration and utilization.
Prof. Peter B. Kelemen
Dr. Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Kelemen received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Washington in 1987 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Kelemen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry, and the Mineralogical Society of America. He is a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where he was a Senior Scientist and Charles Francis Adams Chair until 2004. He has worked on the genesis and evolution of oceanic and continental crust, chemical cycles in subduction zones, and new mechanisms for earthquake initiation. His primary focus is on geologic capture and storage of CO2 (CCS), and reaction-driven cracking processes in natural and engineered settings, with application to CCS, geothermal power generation, hydrocarbon extraction, and in situ mining, and most recently included CO2 capture and storage and mineral carbonation and hydration.
Dr. Annie Levasseur
Dr. Annie Levasseur is the Scientific Coordinator of CIRAIG (International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services) and Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. Dr. Levasseur received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in 2011, and is currently the Chair of the UNEP-SETAC LCIA Global Guidance – Global Warming Task Force, a group of international climate and life cycle assessment (LCA) researchers working to develop guidelines for the use of climate metrics in LCA.
Dr. Keith Paustian
Dr. Keith Paustian is Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Dr. Paustian received his M.S. in Forest Ecology from Colorado State University in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Systems Ecology and Agroecology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 1987. Keith served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Greenhouse Gas Inventory Taskforce and has served on numerous other national and international committees involving climate and carbon cycle research. He has previously Co-chaired a Task Force on “Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture” by the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), and was lead author on a Pew Center report on “Agriculture’s Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation”. Dr. Paustian’s research interests include soil organic matter dynamics, carbon and nitrogen cycling in cropland and grassland ecosystems, and the evaluation of environmental impacts of agricultural bioenergy production.
Dr. Jianwu Tang
Dr. Jianwu (Jim) Tang is an Associate Scientist in The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Tang received his Ph. D. in ecosystem sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. Following his degree program, Dr. Tang was a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota focusing on forest carbon cycles. Dr. Tang is currently serving on the Steering Committee for the Global Science and Data Network for Coastal Blue Carbon, funded by the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), and is a member of the American Geophysical Union and Ecological Society of America. Dr. Tang is currently researching greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, and N2O) emissions from agro-ecosystems and wetlands and their responses to management and disturbance. The wetland work evaluates the role of “blue carbon” in coastal wetlands and the significance of wetland restoration in carbon sequestration.
Dr. Tiffany Troxler
Dr. Tiffany Troxler is the Director and Associate Director for Science of the Sea Level Solutions Center. The Center’s work is to advance knowledge, decision making and actions toward mitigating the causes and adapting to the effects of sea-level rise. She is also Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Some of her projects include collaborative research that examines the effects of saltwater inundation on Everglades coastal wetlands, assesses management actions associated with Everglades restoration and advances interdisciplinary urban solutions to sea-level rise. She is also collaborating on the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program. She is co-editor and contributing author on two IPCC methodological reports that guide national greenhouse gas inventories on managed wetlands. Dr. Troxler received her Masters and Ph. D. in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in 2001 and 2005, respectively.
Mr. Michael Wara
Dr. Michael Wara is an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford University. Dr. Wara received his J. D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz. An expert on energy and environmental law, Michael Wara’s research focuses on climate and electricity policy. Professor Wara’s current scholarship lies at the intersection between environmental law, energy law, international relations, atmospheric science, and technology policy. Dr. Wara joined Stanford Law in 2007 as a research fellow in environmental law and as a lecturer in law. Previously, he was an associate in Holland & Knight’s Government Practice Group, where his practice focused on climate change, land use, and environmental law. Dr. Wara is a research fellow at the Program in Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a Faculty Fellow at the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and a Center Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Wilcox earned a B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. Dr. Wilcox received an ARO Young Investigator Award (Membrane Design for Optimal Hydrogen Separation), an ACS PRF Young Investigator Award (Heterogeneous Kinetics of Mercury in Combustion Flue Gas), and an NSF CAREER Award (Arsenic and Selenium Speciation in Combustion Flue Gas). She has served on a number of committees, including the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the American Physical Society, to assess CO2 capture methods and impacts on climate. Along with her lab, Dr. Wilcox’s research interests combine experimental and theoretical methods to investigate capture and sequestration of trace metals (mercury, arsenic, and selenium) and carbon dioxide.

Events



Location:

Princeton University
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  mhudson@Nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342583

Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Steve Pacala
Mahdi Al-Kaisi
Mark Barteau
Erica Belmont
Sally Benson
Richard Birdsey
Dane Boysen
Riley Duren
Chris Jones
Peter Kelemen
Annie Levasseur
Keith Paustian
Tiffany Troxler
Jim Tang
Jennifer Wilcox

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee discussed the report draft.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

N/A

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 21, 2018


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Zoom virtual meeting
Event Type :  
-

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NA

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NA


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Agenda


January 30, 2018


AGENDA

10:00 AM Kate Calvin, Research Economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute

10:20 AM Alexander Popp, Group Leader for the Land-Use Management Research Domain III: Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

10:40 AM Discussion

11:15 AM Adjourn Webinar

Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Zoom virtual meeting
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NA

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Agenda


December 12, 2017


AGENDA

3:30 PM Morton Barlaz, Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University

4:00 PM Discussion

4:30 PM Adjourn Webinar
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Stanford University
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NA

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Agenda
Open Meeting Agenda to be announced
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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Agenda
10:00 Session 1: Carbon Mineralization for Storage

10:00 Overview of the National Academies study and webinar
Introduction to this session
Peter Kelemen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Session Moderator

10:10 Investigation of ex situ carbon mineralization using flue gas
Marco Mazzotti, ETH Zurich

10:25 Proposed injection of CO2-rich fluid into basaltic lavas of the ocean crust offshore of Washington and British Columbia
Dave Goldberg, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

10:40 Experimental investigation of reaction-driven cracking during mineral hydration and carbonation
Chris Spiers, Utrecht University

10:55 Discussion

11:15 Session 2: Experience With Storage in Subsurface Pore Space

11:15 Introduction to this session
Sally Benson, Stanford University, Session Moderator

11:25 Pilot experiments on carbon storage in subsurface pore space in Australia (audio only)
Jonathan Ennis-King, CSRIO

11:40 Monitoring of CO2 storage at Sleipner and predictions for the future
Jerome Neufeld, University of Cambridge

11:55 Discussion

12:15 Webinar adjourns
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California
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Agenda
Workshop agenda to be posted.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Dr.
Irvine, California
Event Type :  
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Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
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Agenda
Workshop agenda to be posted.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

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Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
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Agenda
Agenda TBA
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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Agenda
Committee on Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

Webinar: October 5, 2017, 10 AM – 12 PM (Eastern)

Direct Air Capture

Webinar objective: to provide an introduction to Direct Air Capture (DAC) as a carbon dioxide removal approach, specifically panelists will explore the limitations, appropriate scale, and future cost of DAC technology. Panelists will describe technological readiness, current research needs, and potential environmental impact.

AGENDA

10:00 AM Opening Remarks
Jennifer Wilcox, Committee Member


10:10 AM Perspectives from Thought Leaders of Direct Air Capture
Panelists:
Klaus Lackner, Arizona State University
David Keith, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applies Sciences
Peter Eisenberger, Columbia University

10:55 AM On the Path to Commercial-Scale Approaches to Direct Air Capture
Panelists:
Jan Wurzbacher – Climeworks
Alina Chanaewa – Skytree
Eric Ping – Global Thermostat
Geoff Holmes – Carbon Engineering


11:35 AM Discussion

12:00 PM Q&A

12:10 PM Adjourn Webinar


Discussion Participants
Phil Renforth – Cardiff University
Geoff Holmes – Carbon Engineering
Greg Dipple – University of British Columbia
Niall Mac Dowell – Imperial College of London
Roger Aines - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory




NOTE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS: This meeting is being held to gather information to help the committee conduct its study. This committee will examine the information and material obtained during this, and other public meetings, in an effort to inform its work. Although opinions may be stated and lively discussion may ensue, no conclusions are being drawn at this time; no recommendations will be made. In fact, the committee will deliberate thoroughly before writing its draft report. Moreover, once the draft report is written, it must go through a rigorous review by experts who are anonymous to the committee, and the committee then must respond to this review with appropriate revisions that adequately satisfy the Academies' Report Review Committee and the NAS president before it is considered an official Academies report. Therefore, observers who draw conclusions about the committee's work based on today's discussions will be doing so prematurely.
Furthermore, individual committee members often engage in discussion and questioning for the specific purpose of probing an issue and sharpening an argument. The comments of any given committee member may not necessarily reflect the position he or she may actually hold on the subject under discussion, to say nothing of that person's future position as it may evolve in the course of the project. Any inference about an individual's position regarding findings or recommendations in the final report is therefore also premature.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Colorado State University
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Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
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Agenda
Workshop agenda to be posted.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
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Agenda
Committee on Developing a Research Agenda for Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration

Webinar on Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration

September 14, 11 AM EDT

Webinar Objective: To provide an introduction to terrestrial carbon sequestration and explore the costs, challenges, and benefits of introducing management practices and land use changes that increase C sequestration.

AGENDA

11:00 Opening Remarks
Keith Paustian, Committee Member

11:10 Quantifying Opportunities for CO2 Removal through Regeneration of US Forest Land: An Initial Estimate
Al Sample, George Mason University

Dr. Sample will discuss the total potential carbon removal that could be obtained by regenerating lands deforested in large-scale disturbances such as wildfires, pest infestations, and timber harvesting. He will also discuss the need for additional research to characterize the technical and financial feasibility of actions to increase carbon removal, integrating spatial with ground-based data.

11:30 Q&A

11:35 Global Potential and Impacts of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration Measures
Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen, UK

Dr. Smith will explore the global potential for carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils through soil carbon sequestration, biochar, afforestation/reforestation and natural ecosystem restoration. He will present the impact on a range of other indications (e.g. GHG, land, water, physical climate impacts, energy and costs) and compare these biological sequestration options with other engineered greenhouse gas removal options.

11:55 Q&A

12:00 Managing Carbon Sequestration through Soil Health
Stephen Shafer, Soil Health Institute

Managing soil health can be the means to achieve many desired ends in agricultural production and environmental quality. Management principles and actual field practices implemented to enhance soil health also support the physical, chemical, and biological processes that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sequester it in soil, providing many benefits to food production and soil, water, and air. This presentation will provide an overview of these principles, some management practices, and the actions that the Soil Health Institute advocates and supports to promote soil health on a broad scale.

12:20 Q&A

12:25 Policy and Research Needs to Scale Up Agricultural Soil C Sequestration
Sian Mooney, Arizona State University

This presentation will include a review of existing research, identifying what is well known and needs for additional investments in research. The focus will be on economic/social science information to support implementation of policies and incentives to scale up soil C sequestration activities.

12:45 Q&A

12:50 Follow-up questions/comments

1:00 Adjourn Webinar



Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
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-

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NA

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Agenda
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Committee only discussion on Blue Carbon Workshop and cross-cutting issues.
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Steve Pacala
Mahdi Al-Kaisi
Mark Barteau
Erica Belmont
Sally Benson
Richard Birdsey
Dane Boysen
Charles Hopkinson
Christopher Jones
Peter Kelemen
Annie Levasseur
Keith Paustian
Tiffany Troxler
Jim Tang
Michael Wara
Jennifer Wilcox


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Blue Carbon Workshop and cross-cutting issues.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

None

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 26, 2017


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
-

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NA

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Agenda
8:30 A.M. Introductions and Goals of the Workshop Steve Pacala, Committee Chair
Tiffany Troxler, Committee Member

9:00 A.M. Session 1: Current state of knowledge on scientific and technical research requirements to understand the capacity and flux of blue carbon as a CDR approach (i.e. carbon benefits)?
• What is known about the carbon storage potential of coastal wetlands?
• What is the state of the science on GHG methodologies (gas flux, C stock, soil accretion)?
• What do we need to know about the landscape-level processes that impact wetland formation and loss (e.g. sediment processes, salinity regimes and saltwater intrusion, eutrophication, coastal ocean carbon cycling, wetland management)?
• What is the impact of changing salinity regimes on carbon sequestration? On methane emissions? Other factors that are wetland-type specific?
• What are the significant gaps that limit our ability to resolve the blue carbon budget (i.e. fate of C, recalcitrance)?

Panelists:
• Pat Megonigal, Smithsonian Ecological Research Center
• Julie Simpson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Robert Twilley, Louisiana State University
• Kevin Kroeger, U.S. Geological Survey
• Neil Ganju, U.S. Geological Survey

10:45 A.M. Break

11:00 A.M. Session 2: Research needs for predicting across multiple scales impacts of disturbance to the future state of coastal wetlands and CDR potential
• What is the state of the science for robustly measuring, mapping, and scaling carbon removal and sequestration from the plot-level to the national scale?
• How may climate change and disturbances impact primary production in a coastal wetland and CDR flux and capacity?
• What is the state of the science on modeling future conditions?
• How will CDR change near-term (10-25 yrs) and long-term (50- to 100-yr) with SLR and increasing urbanization/upland conversion/water abstraction?
Panelists:
• Lisamarie Windham-Myers, U.S. Geological Survey
• James Morris, University of South Carolina
• Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
• Scott Hagen, Louisiana State University

12:45 P.M. Lunch

1:45 P.M. Session 3: State of the knowledge on incentives of the blue carbon approach
• What information is needed to assess the commercial viability of blue carbon crediting for wetland restoration and mitigation?
• What do we know about the co-benefits of the blue carbon approach and their economic value? (e.g. ecosystem services - coastal protection services, wetland mitigation)
• What are common knowledge needs/strategies for adopting nature-based solutions that could enhance blue carbon CDR?

Panelists:
• Steve Crooks, Silvestrum Climate Associates
• Katie Arkema, Stanford University
• Edward Barbier, University of Wyoming

3:15 P.M. Break

3:30 P.M. Session 4: State of the knowledge on policy/legal questions and social/institutional constraints surrounding changes in coastal management
• Are there policies that could be more effective in enhancing CDR potential?
• What are policies aimed at coastal management for flood mitigation/coastal protection services?
• Do existing coastal policies enhance or deter adoption of CDR implementation? What are barriers? How do we overcome them?
• What is the public acceptance of changes in land cover and land use due to wetland restoration or migration?

Panelists:
• Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland and The Nature Conservancy
• Sam Brody, Texas A&M University Galveston
• Scott Pippin, University of Georgia
• Clark Miller, Arizona State University

5:00 P.M. Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
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Registration for in Person Attendance :   
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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  MHudson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  2023342583

Agenda
Webinar objective: to provide an introduction to blue carbon and explore the costs, challenges, and benefits of restoring coastal wetlands, and how blue carbon benefits may motivate restoration.

1:00 PM Welcome Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University
Committee Member

1:05 PM Jennifer Howard, Conservation International

1:20 PM Nick Wildman, Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

1:35 PM Fred Sklar, South Florida Water Management District

1:50 PM Walter Meyer, Local Office Landscape Architecture

2:05 PM Discussion and questions from study committee

2:30 PM Adjourn
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No



Location:

Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Michael Hudson
Contact Email:  mhudson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  -

Agenda
OPEN SESSION (1:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. ET)

1:00 P.M. Introductions (Committee and guests)
Steve Pacala, Committee Chair

1:15 P.M. Briefing of 2015 National Academies Report Climate Intervention:Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration
Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Boulder
   
1:45P.M. Study Sponsors’ Perspectives on the Committee’s Task
John Litynski, DOE  
Irene Krarup, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation  
Meredith Muth, NOAA
Dolores Wesson, EPA  
Peter Warwick, USGS 
 
3:00 P.M. Break

3:15 P.M. Continue discussing study sponsor perspectives on the task
  
4:15 P.M. Current state of carbon removal field
Jason Funk, The Center for Carbon Removal  
   
4:45 P.M. Public comment session, to allow all meeting participants to offer   additional contributions to the discussion                  

5:30 P.M. Adjourn Open Session
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes


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