SYLVIS has developed beneficial residuals management opportunities in mine reclamation, biomass plantations, landfills, forestry, agriculture, ecosystem enhancement and development of value added products.
Residuals management has the potential to mitigate negative climate change impacts, through the sequestration of carbon in terrestrial carbon pools (i.e. soil and biomass) and mechanisms to displace greenhouse gas intensive products (e.g. chemical fertilizers) and resources (e.g. fossil fuel-derived energy sources).
SYLVIS has designed programs to enable the long-term monitoring of changes in carbon storage within soils and plant biomass resulting from residuals management. The goal of this research is to understand the factors that influence increases in carbon storage, determine measurable and permanent increases in carbon storage that exceed business-as-usual practices and to develop protocols that enable marketable carbon offsets from residuals management. Other areas of climate change research include: establishing woody biomass crops fertilized with residuals that can be harvested and utilized as a renewable energy source, and investigating innovative methods for utilizing residuals on landfills as a method to mitigate fugitive methane emissions.
Please Contact Us to learn more about the synergistic relationship between residuals management and climate change mitigation.