• Dr. Lal was presented with an Honorary degree from the Technical University of Dresden by Rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Muller Steinhagen.
  • Rattan Lal received the Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Achievement Award for 2012.
  • C-MASC graduate students, Ryan Hottle, Nick Stanich and Josh Beniston were inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.
  • Pat Bell and Claire Sutton, Dr. Lal's advisees and CFAES graduate students traveled to Morogoro, Tanzania, to conduct research with faculty and staff at SUA.
  • Dr. Rattan Lal receives the 2012 Professional Achievement Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
  • Drylands, Deserts and Desertification Fourth International Conference, Nov. 12-15, 2012, held at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev campus at Sede Boker
  • Dr. Lal was named one of UNCCD's Global Drylands Champions for 2013.
  • Dr. Juca Sa instructing a field education course, Brazil
  • Dr. Gordon Gee (center) and Mr. Les Wexner (right) honor Dr. Rattan Lal with OSU's Distinguished  University Award
  • Dr. Rattan Lal receives Doctor of Science Degree. The visit coincided with the 65th anniversary of the University.
  • Graduate students Nick Stanich and Ryan Hottle, staff member Theresa Colson, and Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson
  • Michelle and President Obama with Ms. Samantha Sekar (intern for State Representative Ted Celeste of the 24th district of Ohio, 2011)
  • The OSU-MSSRF collaborative program works with village communities in India on sustainable development issues (e.g., safe drinking water)
  • M.S. Swaminathan, Dr. G. Gee, Dr. Rattan Lal, Dr. M.S.Dhlu Walia and Dr. R.S. Paroda
  • M.S. Swaminathan, Dr. M.S.Dhlu Walia, Dr. Rattan Lal,  and Dr. R.S. Paroda

Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC)

The beginning of the 21st century brought growing concern about climate change, food security, poverty, and population growth. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have increased to 40% from preindustrial levels to more than 390 parts per million CO2. At the same time, there is growing concern over hunger with more than 1 billion hungry in 2009 according to the FAO.

The Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (CMASC) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio conducts research on the best methods for reducing atmospheric CO2 through sustainable land management practices. Simultaneously, CMASC investigates strategies to enhance food security, improve water use efficiency, and reduce poverty. The research team is led by Distinguished Professor Rattan Lal, research staff, PhD students, MSc students, affiliated universities and other collaborators and sponsors.


There is a growing concern about the increase in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases with attendant effects on observed and projected climate change. The Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC) is identifying ways to minimize carbon (C) loss and maximize retaining C in land, reducing the effects of C on global climate change that will radically change plant, animal and human life if left unaddressed.

Mission of C-MASC

To advance the science of C dynamics in natural and managed ecosystems, assess ecosystem services related to C pool, promote C farming through outreach and linkages with policy makers, and provide training opportunities, encourage no-till and conservation agriculture. 

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