Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Land Water Carbon

Research Sponsored By: USDI US Geological Survey
Principal Investigator: David Butman
Project Description
The U.S. Geological Survey LandCarbon Project is assessing the role of inland waters in the sequestration, lateral transport, and the water-atmosphere exchange of carbon and the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. Dr. Butman has expertise in characterizing and quantifying the importance of rivers and streams in these carbon transport and exchange processes, and his assessment of these carbon fluxes for the rivers and streams of the United States will partially fulfill the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandate to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Specifically, Dr. Butman will be coordinating and taking part in field campaigns on the Columbia River and within the Yukon River Basin. The research conducted through this IPA will lead to the development of a comprehensive assessment of the seasonality of aquatic carbon biogeochemistry within the Columbia River Basin and highlight the impact that changing permafrost dynamics has on aquatic carbon cycling.