Biocarbonsinks.org

The purpose of this website is to bring together collaborators from many different fields to discuss sequestration of carbon in various parts of the biosphere. Many of the means that have been suggested to reduce atmospheric carbon, to lessen the impact of global climate change, rely upon enhancing uptake of carbon from the atmosphere using photosynthetic organisms. These organisms absorb carbon during their lives, but much of this carbon is returned to the atmosphere when these organisms die. Hence, to create a permanent sink that will sequester the carbon from the atmosphere over a long time scale, some of this organic matter must not be allowed to decay. Ideas of how to accomplish this include reforesting areas that have been clear cut, burial of biomass underground or under water, storage of biomass in above-ground shelters, increasing the amount of carbon in agricultural soils, and increasing photosynthetic activity in the world’s oceans by fertilization with nutrients such as iron.

These topics span a broad range of disciplines including atmospheric science, forestry, oceanography, agriculture and biology. Because no one person can be an expert in all these areas, it is our hope that this site can serve as a place for experts in the individual disciplines to come together and share their knowledge in their area of expertise. Each means that has been suggested for sequestering carbon in the biosphere listed above has its own discussion board, where experts can debate important aspects of how such a plan for carbon sequestration would be carried out. Opinions and ideas generated will be summarized in articles that are constantly updated and disseminated to the scientific community, the public, the media, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders.

Thank you for visiting our site, hopefully together we can find the most practical means of helping to solve the climate crisis through utilization of the biosphere.