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.
CMASC Current News
Claire Sutton, M.Sc student OSU/ESGP, presented "Research Abroad 2014" on September 16, 2013 to the C-MASC group followed by a Q & A session. She is shown above in Tanzania where she did research this summer this summer and last year as well.
Nall Moonilall, M.Sc student at OSU/ESGP, presented “Summer 2014 Research Activities in Guyana, South America” to the C-MASC group on September 9, 2014, followed by a Q&A session.
Special guest, Dr. Alexandrov Gennadyiev, presented "Quantitative Assessment of Soil Erosion by Magnetic Tracer Method at Sites within Russia and USA" on August 8, 2014 to the C-MASC group followed by a Q&A session.
Clever Briedis, visiting scholar form Brazil, presented “Study of soil carbon saturation in Brazilian Oxisols” to the C-MASC group on July 22, 2014, followed by a Q&A session.
Yiming Zhao, M.Sc student, presented “Potential Evapotranspiration Trends in Southeastern United States and East-central China" to the C-MASC group on July 8, 2014 followed by a Q & A session.
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