New soil models may ease atmospheric CO2, climate change

ScienceDaily | Jul 29, 2020 at 12:22 AM
  • In an article published July 27 in Nature Geoscience, Cornell University’s Johannes Lehmann and others wrote that scientists should develop new models that more accurately reflect the carbon-storage processes beneath our feet.
  • Lehmann and an international, interdisciplinary group of scientists propose the creation of new soil carbon-persistence models through the lens of “functional complexity” — the interplay between time and space in soil carbon’s changing molecular structure.
  • Functional complexity drives carbon sequestration, and scientists must know specifically how carbon stays in the ground.