Symposium on Carbon Sequestration in Soils

Wilfred M. Post wmp at
Mon Sep 21 12:35:35 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 full day of the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Soil Science
Society of America at the Baltimore Convention Center.  The symposium
is co-sponsored by Society divisions S-3 (Soil Biology & Biochemistry)
and S-7 (Forest & Range Soils) with financial support for invited
international participants provided by the U.S.  Department of Energy.
Information about the Annual Meeting (including registration
information) can be found at the following address on the Societys web

The potential of soils to help mitigate rising concentrations of
atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is a topic that is gaining increased
attention as a result of the negotiations at the Kyoto Conference on
greenhouse gases.  Because of the large amounts of carbon stored in
world soils and the potentially long residence times for much of this
carbon, relatively small changes in soil carbon storage per unit area
could have significant impacts on the global carbon balance.
Consequently, there is much interest in quantifying how much, how
rapidly, and for how long, natural processes and management practices
can increase the amount of carbon in soil.  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 at 8:05 am with three invited presentations to
set the stage for two poster sessions to follow in the late morning and
early afternoon.  Over 60 posters contributed by society members and by
national and international guests will cover topics from the processes
and mechanisms affecting soil carbon transformations and cycling 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 (with a cash bar) is planned
from 5:00 to 7:00 pm 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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