Symposium on Carbon Sequestration in Soils

Wilfred M. Post wmp at
Wed Sep 16 13:53:56 EST 1998

Symposium on Carbon Sequestration in Soils

1998 Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America, Baltimore,

Monday, October 19, 1998

A symposium on soil carbon sequestration will be held throughout the
first day of the upcoming annual meeting of the Soil Science Society of
America in Baltimore, Maryland.  The symposium is co-sponsored by
society Divisions S-3 (Soil Biology and Biochemistry) and S-7 (Forest
Soils) with financial support for invited international participants
provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The goal of this symposium is to foster fundamental discussions about
the state of soil carbon science relative to the processes, mechanisms,
and limiting factors that interact to affect the potential CO2 sink
strength of soils.  The symposium will begin with three invited
presentations to set the stage for two poster sessions to follow in the
late morning and early afternoon.  Over 50 posters contributed by
society members and by national and international guests will cover
topics from the processes and mechanisms affecting soil carbon cycling
and transformations to the effects of elevated atmospheric CO2,
agricultural management, climate change, and succession on soil carbon
stocks to evaluations of soil carbon storage at the landscape level.
To conclude the symposium, an extended, moderated discussion session is
planned for the purpose of debating the strengths and weaknesses of our
current understanding of the carbon sequestration potential of soils.

For more information, contact:
S-3 Co-Chairs:  Julie Jastrow and Chuck Rice
S-7 Co-Chairs:  Dale Johnson and Mac Post

Julie Jastrow (jdjastrow at
Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne,
IL  60439

Dale Johnson (dwj at
Biological Sciences Center, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV  89506

Mac Post (wmp at
Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Chuck Rice (cwrice at
Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS  66506

Mac Post
Environmental Sciences Division             423-576-3431
Oak Ridge National Laboratory               423-574-2232 (fax)
P.O. Box 2008, Bldg. 1000         
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6335                    wmp at

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