Examining the Relationship Between Land Use Change, Wetland Alteration, and Carbon Sequestration in the Gulf of Mexico

Duration: 2011-2013
Funding Agency: NASA
Funding Amount: $400,000
PI: Patrick Louchouarn
Co-PI: Anna Armitage, Wesley Highfield, Samuel Brody
Students/staff Employed: TBD

Abstract:

Our proposed study will examine the relationship between land use change, wetland vegetation shift/loss, and carbon (C) sequestration on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). By combining field calibration with analysis of remote sensing imagery to detect land cover change, we aim to better understand the amount of carbon sequestration capacity lost from the alteration of naturally occurring estuarine wetlands over the last decade.

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