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Earth Institute Research Projects

New Tools and Incentives for Carbon, Nitrogen, and Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Management in Corn Cropping Systems

Lead PI: Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

January 2011 - March 2017
Inactive
Global ; New York City, NY ; New York ; Fort Collins, CO ; Colorado ; Ithaca, NY
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project aims to provide small- to large-scale corn growers with low-cost soil carbon assessment and greenhouse (GHG) accounting tools, and provide policymakers with an evaluation of the current and long-term costs and benefits of various policy incentives for this sector of the agricultural economy. Collectively, these new tools will promote climate change mitigation, optimize farm productivity in the face of adapting to a changing climate, and have applications beyond corn production systems.

OUTCOMES: Our soil data will be shared with the USDA National Soil Survey Lab (running our MIR analyses) and will help to build their MIR database and evaluate the accuracy of their broadly based MIR calibrations for predicting total soil carbon and other soil characteristics.

SPONSOR:

Cornell University

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

Department of Agriculture

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$624,038

KEYWORDS

agriculture greenhouse gas accounting climate and society soil carbon assessment climate change mitigation

THEMES

Stewardship of the planet