Symposium: Wetland soils & carbon
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Wed
Co-author: Sheel Bansal, USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Title: Wetland Carbon and Environmental Management: Inland Wetlands
Abstract: The active management of wetlands for enhanced carbon sequestration has gained prominence recently as wetland-specific drivers of climate change have become more understood. Management has focused primarily on controlling wetland hydrology for beneficial local carbon cycle outcomes, specifically to reduce untended losses of mineralized carbon, sequester additional atmospheric carbon, and balance emissions of methane. While much attention has recently focused on coastal wetlands falling into the realm of "blue carbon", the management of carbon in inland wetlands has been underway in many areas for decades, with nice examples of what works and what may not. In this talk, we will first provide a very brief overview of wetland management opportunity that follows on-topic with other talks, and continue with examples provided in a recently published book, Wetland Carbon and Environmental Management. Important examples from the Prairie Pothole Region, Florida Everglades, California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and Indonesian peatlands will be highlighted, but with a focus on ideas that might be useful to Wisconsin wetland types.
Bio: Ken Krauss is a research ecologist at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center focusing on environmental ecophysiology and sea-level rise vulnerability of wetland ecosystems. His research team investigates ecosystem water cycling, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration, and sea-level rise vulnerability of tidal wetlands and coastal swamp habitat.