Submitted to: Geological Society of America Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/5/2003
Publication Date: 11/5/2003
Citation: Euliss, N.H., Gleason, R., Olness, A.E., Mcdougal, R.L., Murkin, H., Robarts, R., Bourbonniere, R., Warner, B. 2003. Prairie wetlands of North America important for carbon storage [abstract]. Geological Society of America. Paper No. 110-10.
Technical Abstract: We evaluated the potential of prairie pothole wetlands in North America to store atmospheric carbon. Wetland restoration in this region has potential to sequester over twice the organic carbon as no-till cropland on about 23% of the total land area in the region. Wetland restoration typically involves reestablishment of adjacent grassland that provides additional carbon storage. Although studies for North America are lacking, research from a similar geographic area in Germany suggests that wetland restoration may result in reduced emission of methane and nitrous oxide.