Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Coffield, Randerson quoted in CO2 article

Date: 
Thu, 07/22/2021

AirUCI grad student Shane Coffield (Randerson group) is quoted in the Daily Pilot as lead author on a study that shows how the decrease in California's vegetation due to massive fires could cause up to a 16% decrease in the state’s natural carbon storage capacity.  Since part of the state’s goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 involves putting more carbon into the land, with the help of vegetation that absorbs CO2 and stores it, the substantial increase in drought conditions and wildfires that have killed so many trees are leading to carbon being emitted to the atmosphere, not sequestered, so the state's mitigation models may be incorrect.  Read the article