Carbon Cycle

Boreal Forest Burn Area
Boreal Forest Burn Area
A burn area in a boreal forest north of Fairbanks, Alaska

Carbon-as part of CO2, C4, and other chemical compounds-moves between the atmosphere and aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems along complex pathways that together form the "carbon cycle."

As part of USGS climate change/carbon studies, researchers at EROS are working to better understand how changes in land use and climate influence the exchange of carbon between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Projects in this area utilize land cover change data derived from satellite images, biogeochemical analyses, and computer models to quantify carbon in vegetation, soils, and the atmosphere and to investigate how changing conditions influence its movement from one part of the carbon cycle to another.

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