Rapid Assessment of US Soil Carbon for Climate Change and Conservation Planning

In cooperation with the USDA NRCS National Soil Survey Center - There is an urgent need for increased site and condition specific soil carbon data to increase the reliability of estimating the amount of carbon that can be practically stored in soil by changing land uses and/or management systems and of the amount of carbon stored in the nation’s soils. Quantitative estimates are needed to accurately evaluate the soil carbon stocks for carbon cap and trade programs and for global carbon accounting. A comprehensive nationwide soil carbon data set is needed for validation of model estimates and improved model accuracy. This objective of this project is to assist with management, method development, training, quality control, database design, data analysis, reporting, communication, and publicity associated with the Rapid Assessment of US Soil Carbon for Climate Change and Conservation Planning.